FOX VALLEY HEALTH CARE
TRANSFORMATION INITIATIVE

Transforming the organization delivery, and financing of the medical care systems in the Fox Valley to achieve lower costs, higher quality, and better outcomes.

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Disclaimer

The opinions expressed in this blog are primarily those of Merton D. Finkler Ph.D., retired Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Economics at Lawrence University and William McLaughlin retired Founder President and CEO of Netwerkes.com. Those opinions are based upon many years of education, scholarship, teaching and industry experience. Read their biographies at "Meet the Team" and make your own judgments about the veracity of their opinions.

 

Part 1. Health Care: Public or Private Good?

Part 1 This post is the first one written during the Covid-19 pandemic. We salute those in the healthcare industry who are fighting the virus on the frontlines. Nevertheless, FVHCTI will continue to advocate changes to the way we are currently organizing and financing healthcare services. This crisis ought to bring home to all the message that healthcare is a vital, public service that must be configured in such a way as to deliver high quality services at prices that organizations and families can afford. Anyone knows that when you discover you are going in the wrong direction the fastest way home is to turn around. Well, we have been going in the wrong direction with respect to our health

It's Not Just the Prices, Stupid: Health Care Reform Needs More Than Simply Bargaining Power

This post was written prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. We salute those in the healthcare industry who are fighting the virus on the frontlines. Nevertheless, FVHCTI will continue to advocate changes to the way we are currently organizing and financing healthcare services. This crisis ought to bring home to all the message that healthcare is a vital, public service that must be configured in such a way as to deliver high quality services at prices that organizations and families can afford. Few doubt that high and rising prices are a primary cause of both the level and growth of expensive health care in the United States. But policy that only focuses on prices foregoes the opportunity to chang

Update: Fox Valley Health Cooperative

For the last approximately six months we have been observing requested silence on our health care transformation project. Today we will end that silence and tell you what has been happening. Dr. Merton Finkler, William McLaughlin, and David Riemer have approached various public officials with an idea. We suggested that public sector employers organize to create a health care purchasing cooperative. Over the last approximately six months, seven local school districts: Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Hortonville, and Little Chute, have been meeting to discuss whether and how to form a cooperative. That cooperative would purchase health care differently, not only for the school d

 

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