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October 8 · Issue #80 · View online
Everything you always wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask.

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On today’s edition of the THCB Reader: Ken Terry wonders if we are at the mercy of automated systems that don’t recognize our humanity and don’t care about our pain anymore; Kim Bellard discusses how Walmart is shaking up healthcare by offering prescription programs and opening an insurance agency to sell Medicare-related products & plans; and Hans Duvefelt argues that technology is interfering with primary care doctors ability to communicate with their patients. On Episode 156 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about Tonal getting $110M, Tempo raising $60M, Fiture closing $65M, Siren raising $9M, DrDoctor getting £3 million, and more! Jess, on the WTF Health Show, talks to Dr. Lyle Berkowitz, “Rogue” digital health consultant, about the numbers and market potential for virtual care from the unique vantage point of a primary-care-physician-turned-health-tech-entrepreneur. Remember to join us for THCB Gang Episode 27 LIVE today from 1PM PT/4PM ET! Enjoy!–Matthew Holt

Oct 7, Ken Terry
Some experts predict that in the future, people will be able to receive automated care with the help of AI instead of going to their primary care physicians for routine care. But Ken wonders, If he was the patient who was likely to follow a doctor’s advice to say, quit smoking, would he do the same thing if a computer told him to? Perhaps we’re already too much at the mercy of automated systems that don’t recognize our humanity and don’t care about our pain. 

Oct 6, Kim Bellard
A few days ago, Walmart announced that it was partnering with Clover Health to offer Medicare Advantage plans. Walmart has been shaking up healthcare for some time, from its 2006 $4 prescriptions program that upended pharmacy pricing to its announcement earlier this summer that it was opening an insurance agency to sell Medicare-related products and services plans. Kim traces the evolution of Walmart’s healthcare offerings, reminding us that while all eyes are on Amazon, we shouldn’t be overlooking what Walmart is doing.

Oct 2, Hans Duvefelt 
The problem with our work environment is that all the technology and all the well meaning efforts we are subjected to have, ironically, conspired to distance us from our patients and made us less effective than we could be. Medicine, on the primary care level, is a relationship based endeavor. Our fundamental communication skills—eliciting, explaining and influencing—are at least as important as our book knowledge. We need some space to use them. 
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