Six things other industries can learn from healthcare
“While most folks might be quick to point out that the biggest thing other industries can learn from healthcare is how not to make the same mistakes that have led us to many of the fiscal and quality-based challenges we face today, I would take a different spin on this,” says David Calabrese, vice president and chief pharmacy officer, OptumRx, and a Managed Healthcare Executive editorial advisor.
“Rather, I would suggest these industries take a closer look at what is actually quite good about our U.S. healthcare system and how we have gotten to where we are today. Consider the fact that average life expectancy in the U.S. has increased from more than 50 years of age a century ago, to close to 80 years of age today; heart disease mortality has dropped by more than 50% and stroke mortality by more than 70% in the last half-century. We have made enormous strides in the near eradication of numerous infectious diseases, and are tackling what had been almost universally-fatal conditions like cancer with enormous levels of success.”