Power to the Patients: How to Increase Consumerism in Healthcare

Most of the people who tell you that consumerism can’t work in healthcare tend to work in healthcare themselves. But if they were doing such a great job, maybe our healthcare system wouldn’t be riddled with high costs, fatal medical errors, and hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud.

Companies in other industries–from Wal-Mart to Trip Advisor, Amazon, and–have figured out ways to simplify incredibly complex systems to lower the amount of time and the cost for consumers to identify affordable, quality products. Those companies have just one thing in common: they answer to consumers.

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