Purple Solutions Book Release on July 31; will be available on Amazon after that.
“Like the shot heard round the world, Dan Sem fires a bold and brave wake-up message that every American needs to hear. Addressing the biggest problem the U.S. economy faces -- the excessive, burdensome cost of healthcare -- Sem delivers a voice of sanity and reason amid the corrupt and needlessly complex. He not only exposes the oppressive healthcare cartel and their unchecked greed, but, more important, also provides the rest of us a nonpartisan path out, one paved with price transparency and healthy competition, and lit with a healthy dose of sunshine. “Purple Solutions” advances a healthcare revolution whose time is now.”
- Cynthia A. Fisher, Life sciences entrepreneur and Founder & Chairman of PatientRightsAdvocate.org
“Purple Solutions provides the most substantive account of what is ailing our country’s healthcare system, as well as real-world solutions to the maladies it reveals. This insightful view of a multi-faceted problem will be relevant to a broad group of stakeholders, including healthcare administrators, the health-insurance and pharmaceutical industries, Congress, lawyers, lobbyists, physicians, and patients. As healthcare will be hotly debated during the runup to the 2020 presidential election, we cannot ignore this acute crisis. While every subject seems to be politicized lately, our broken healthcare system is neither a Republican nor a Democratic issue. It is an American issue, which is tackled brilliantly in this important book.”
- Bhupendra O. Khatri, MD, FAAN, author of Healing the Soul & Healthcare 911
“If you want to be infuriated, this is the book for you. The chapter on PBM sleight-of-hand alone is worth the price of admission. They end up making more money than the manufacturers, without actually doing anything. Nice work if you can get it…and they have.”
- Al Lewis, CEO, Quizzify and author of Why Nobody Believes the Numbers and Cracking Health Costs
“America’s healthcare debate has long been a red-versus-blue affair, focused on how we pay for care rather than on how we produce care. This debate has left little room for bipartisan compromise. In this book, twenty authors suggest ways to blend red and blue ideas into bipartisan purple solutions. Numerous chapters, including mine, focus on production (the delivery system) rather than payments (the insurance system). But the common thread throughout is the search for solutions that don’t necessarily split along party lines.”
- Robert Graboyes, Senior Research Fellow, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
“Private companies have adopted many pragmatic solutions to lower health costs. If adopted broadly, the nation could afford universal coverage. This book shows the way.”
- John Torinus, author of The Grassroots Health Care Revolution and The Company That Save Healthcare
“These wide-ranging essays propose pragmatic answers to the broad array of dysfunction, perverse incentives, and waste afflicting American health care. Though grounded in market understanding, the authors look for sensible middle approaches to achieving the objectives of universal coverage and high quality, patient-responsive care.”
- David Goldhill, author of Catastrophic Care
This is the inaugural issue of the Purple Solutions Podcast, being kicked off by Dr. Stephen Klasko.
This episode is an interview with Dr. Klasko on: Healthy Healthcare Disruptions, and Advice for Joe and Donald
The episode covers a range of topics including identifying problems with America’s broken Healthcare delivery system, potential solutions (some of which have been catalyzed by Covid-19), and advice for presidential hopefuls and voters.
To hear more on healthcare policy, reform and disruption, including a keynote by Dr. Klasko, come to the July 31st Summit.
What is the focus of the Purple Solutions book, podcast & summit? To transform healthcare in America & make it better!
America spends more than any other developed country on healthcare, and yet does not provide better health outcomes. Why is healthcare so expensive in America, and what is the solution to this out-of-control cost curve? Republicans and Democrats can’t agree, and yet rational compromise is desperately needed. Perhaps the best solution to better healthcare in America lies between all this political hyperbole. At this year’s Healthcare Economics Summit, a collection of healthcare experts are coming together to share their thoughts and expertise on how to reform healthcare in America. Expert book contributors include the former president of the AMA, policy and think tank leaders, healthcare executives, entrepreneurs looking to disrupt the current medical industrial complex, politicians, payers, providers and legal experts. The solution to healthcare is in our hands as consumers and voters, not in the hands of big government or corporate medicine. Viable bipartisan solutions to healthcare reform are presented – we just need to change our mindset, and then convince our elected officials to compromise and work towards giving us better healthcare in America.
Copyright 2020, Daniel Sem Audio intro. created by Lucas Sem
A Universal Healthcare Proposal that Includes Markets and Competition
Interview on healthcare reform with policy expert and author David Riemer. In this episode we discuss Riemer’s proposal for universal healthcare that also includes a role for markets and competition. His proposal is called YoungMedicare, and builds on his prior policy work at the state and federal (e.g. with Senator Ted Kennedy) level, and his book “Putting Government in its Place: The Case for a New Deal 3.0.”
Argument Against Universal Healthcare and Government Intervention, in Favor of Free Markets and Competition
Interview with practicing physician, free-market advocate and prominent healthcare policy blogger Dr. Michel Accad. In this episode we discuss the important role of free markets and competition in healthcare delivery, including direct primary care as Dr. Accad himself offers in the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Accad runs a prominent healthcare policy blog, AlertandOriented, and cohosts the Accad and Koa Report.
Positive Healthcare Disruptions Resulting from Covid-19
Interview with Mercatus Center healthcare scholar and Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Robert Graboyes. In this episode, we discuss the disruptions that are needed in healthcare (disrupting the “Fortress”) to enable better and more innovative delivery of care (the “Frontier), and how this is being catalyzed by the easing of regulations that occurred because of Covid-19. Dr. Graboyes is author of “Fortress and Frontier in American Healthcare,” and a sought-after speaker and frequent OpEd and media spokesperson.
How Price Transparency and Competition Helps Patients and Providers
Interview with Cynthia Fisher, Founder and President of PatientRightsAdvicate.org. In this episode we hear real-life stories of how patients and providers are getting better healthcare at lower cost when there are functioning markets with price transparency, as Ms. Fisher shares the same stories she shared with policymakers and leaders on The Hill. Ms Fisher, an accomplished healthcare entrepreneur and patient rights advocate, also discusses changes occurring at the federal level and as a result of Covid-19 that will empower patients.
Interview with Dr. Greg Watchmaker – Unintended Consequences of Federal Regulations of Healthcare Quality.
Interview with a practicing physician with experience running a large hand clinic and overseeing quality metrics and compliance, Dr. Greg Watchmaker. In this episode we discuss the unintended negative consequences of too much centralized regulation of healthcare delivery at the federal level. Dr. Watchmaker gives concrete examples of how this well-intentioned regulatory oversight disempowers front-line providers and leads to one-size-fits-all healthcare that is not in the best interest of patients, and often is not responsive to technological and scientific advances in medicine.
Interview with Dr. Barbara McAneny – How to fix healthcare delivery in America, and how hospital consolidations are leading to the growth of the anticompetitive Medical-Industrial Complex
Interview with the former President of the American Medical Association (AMA) and CEO and cofounder of the New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants. Dr. McAneny is a practicing oncologist and strong advocate for small physician groups that are delivering better healthcare at lower cost. In this episode we discuss the growth of the anticompetitive Medical-Industrial Complex that threatens to squeeze out smaller physician groups that provide better care at lower cost. Dr. McAneny presents solutions that include an increase in price/cost transparency and competition, as well as uniform access to essential services, such as from emergency rooms.
Interview with David Balat – Direct Care – as a Way to Empower Patients
Interview with David Balat, former healthcare executive and director of the Right on Healthcare Initiative with the Texas Public Policy Foundation. David discusses how direct primary care from physicians, and direct care from other providers, results in better quality and lower cost care to patients. Removal of third-party surrogates, like insurance or government payers, ends up giving patients more control and better care at lower cost.