What’s Wrong with Our Healthcare System? A Glaring Example -In the News with Jim Murphy

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jim murphyIn 2011 Bryan Stow was beaten by two fans at Dodger Stadium so badly that he was hospitalized for seven months and suffers from permanent severe disability.  It has been estimated that his future medical costs will be about $30 million. That fact alone speaks volumes about what is wrong with our healthcare system, as well as our obsession with sports.

Of course you may ask, didn’t he have insurance? Couldn’t he sue the perpetrators? Yes and yes, but do you know about subrogation and medical liens, because of which Stow is not getting all the money he needs?  If not, and because it could happen to you, read the lead April 12 Bloomberg BusinessWeek article aptly entitled “Games Insurers Play”.

Healthcare workers know that anxiety over medical bills can have adverse effects on patients.  Bryan Stow is getting and well deserves help and support from many people via the Internet, but many ill and injured people have to suffer in comparative silence.

Jim Murphy has a solo consulting practice called Management 3000, focusing on organizational development and change management. Being semi-retired, Jim is willing to provide very reasonably priced consulting, coaching or  project work for organizations aspiring to improvement in organizational culture, effectiveness and employee engagement.

Formerly he led the Massachusetts Bay Organizational Development Learning Group, was Human Resources Director for the City of Boston Assessing Department, and served as a consultant with the Boston Management Consortium.  His consulting practice includes management coaching as well as research and writing on employee relationships, leadership, healthcare and collaborative practices.  Having produced newsletters for several organizations  and being a frequent content writer for the”Confident Voices in Healthcare” blog, he is interested in writing and research opportunities, as well as consulting and coaching.

www.manage2001.com or email  jim@manage2001.com

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One Response to What’s Wrong with Our Healthcare System? A Glaring Example -In the News with Jim Murphy

  1. Beth_Boynton_RN_MS says:

    Not only does this story reflect what’s wrong with healthcare, but our society at large. How can the USA be global leaders in collaboration if we’re beating each other up because of diverse viewpoints about anything, let alone a sports team preference. OY! And think about it, (which you always make me do, Jim) our competitive spirit brings great opportunities and ideas forth, UP TO A POINT! Beyond which, there is more to be lost than gained and many suffer. This has bearing in healthcare when hospitals are competing to fill beds and not collaborating across businesses for best care for everyone.

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