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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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 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.


April 24, 2020

In the first three parts to this series, we addressed the character of medical services, the role of private insurance and the history of hospital regulations.  We argued that medical services are not a purely private good; thus, the local community...

April 23, 2020

For the first roughly seventy years of the last century health care services were regulated primarily by health care organizations themselves (internal hospital medical review committees, hospital industry controlled accreditation agencies-e.g. Joint...

April 15, 2020

Prior to 1920 most medical care was paid directly from patient to provider. If insurance was purchased it was more likely to be “sickness insurance” which paid insureds for lost wages during illness. In addition, the quality of medical and hospital c...

March 25, 2020

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 organiz...

March 20, 2020

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 ha...

December 20, 2019

What is our opinion of ThedaCare’s proposed venture with the Neuroscience Group and the Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin? To put it mildly, we are adamantly opposed. Why? Simply put, because, in our opinion, the new partnership will be able to ch...

November 12, 2019

Does the Fox Valley Really Need Another Elaborate Specialist Facility? We say NO!

On November 6th, ThedaCare, in conjunction with the Neuroscience Group and the Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin, announced their plan to construct a $144 million Ort...

November 8, 2019

Fox Valley Health Care Transformation Initiative was formed two and one half years ago to oppose a proposed new hospital by ThedaCare on the basis of both cost and need. That project would have shuttered the existing facilities in Appleton and Neenah...

On Friday June 21, 2019 Fox Valley Health Care Transformation Initiative (FVHCTI) convened a meeting at Lawrence University. Present were:


Deb Werth

Marty Finkler

David Riemer

Bill Oemichen

Bill McLaughlin

From City of Appleton: Mayor Tim Hanna


We are very pleased to announce that Walt Edwards, long time President and CFO of Appleton Medical Center has joined the Fox Valley Health Care team. Walt has extensive knowledge and experience in health care organization and finance. He also shares...

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