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Did you ever notice that you always seem to come last in our healthcare system, with its mega-billion-dollar insurance providers, andmulti-layered government bureaucracy? Well, You're not alone-policymarkers and citizens groups are constantly criticizing the state ofAmerican health care, and the statistics often confirm theirsuspicions. the good news is things are about to change, and thisbook will show you how to put yourself first in the health caresystem and ensure that you and your family know how to access thebest care possible.

With Skin in the Game, authors John Hammergren- Chairman and CEOof McKesson Corporation, America's oldest and largest health carein America; an explanation of how we arrived at our current crisis;and a preview of the revolutionary leap in care that's coming ashigh-tech productivity and quality transform health care inAmerica.

In the not too distant future, you will have ready access toinformation about doctors, hospitals, and treatment centers so youcan make fact-based choices about where and when to seek care. Allof your medical records will be digitized, available to you andyour doctor anywhere, anytime. Test results will be instantaneousand performed in a doctor's office, which may be located in a mallor at your local pharmacy.

Page by page, skin in the game explains all of this and more,helping you:

  • Understand today's "big picture" health care issues in ahistorical context
  • Recognize how a streamlined health care system will free yourdoctor to provide the personalized care you desire and your doctorprefers
  • Gain new insights into the process of health care delivery andthe innovations that will change the way you receive care andmanage your health
  • Obtain practical advice about how you can get around today'shealth care roadblocks and locate the best doctors with the bestpractice techniques and best treatment results
  • And much more

A must-read for anyone who cars about the future of our healthcare system, Skin in the game offers information and answers thateven industry insiders will find revealing. And it might just saveyour life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470262788
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 495,662
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hammergren is CEO of McKesson Corporation, the Fortune18 health care services Leader. McKesson serves customers at everypoint of health care and is helping transform the industry into amodern, efficient, and quality-driven system. McKesson has seenindustry-leading performance under Hammergren's leadership. Duringhis tenure, the company has more than doubled its revenues andexperienced a cultural and business renewal. Hammergren is an HPboard member and the recipient of numerous awards for leadership.

Phil Harkins is CEO of linkage, a global organizationaldevelopment company. He is the co-chair of the globalorganizational for Leadership Development, hailed as the number-oneleadership development program in the world. Harkins has writtenmore than ten books, including the Wall Street Journal bestsellerEverybody Wins and The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching(both published by Wiley), as well as Powerful Conversations.Harkins has recently been noted as one of the 100 most recognizedthought leaders by Leadership Excellence.

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Table of Contents



Introduction. A Thousand Miles of Health Care and the Last TwoFeet.

Chapter 1. Unmanaged Care.

Chapter 2. From Tree Bark to Roots to Bar Codes and RoboticArms.

Chapter 3. Why We Go to the Hospital Today And Why We Will GoThere Less Often in the Future.

Chapter 4. The Doctor Will See You Now.

Chapter 5. Accounting for Care.

Chapter 6. How Technology is Putting the Patient at the Centerof Care.

Chapter 7. The Blueprint for Change.

Appendix A. Helpful Websites, Tips, Resources and Guidelines forEducating Yourself.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    Not worth your time

    To quote Hammergren in his scorecard in the 'blueprint for change' I rate this book an F-. He keeps equating health care with commercialized industries such as the airlines. How absurd. What we need to do is take the commercialization out of healthcare.

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