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THCB Reader -- July 17, 2021


THCB Reader

July 17 · Issue #125 · View online

Everything you always wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask.

This week on THCB Reader, Steven Zecola discusses the state of Parkinson’s research, Kim Bellard draws an analogy between elevator operators and health tech, and Mike Magee presents a Hamiltonian view of post-COVID America. 
In interview-land, Jess DaMassa on WTF Health chats with CEO Michelle Davey of stealthy telehealth startup Wheel following their $50M Series B, and then chats with me in Health In 2 Point 00, mostly about her Twitter account being hacked! Meanwhile, on Thursday’s episode of THCB Gang, I was joined by regulars, regulars futurist Jeff Goldsmith; policy expert consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1); Suntra Modern Recovery CEO JL Neptune (@JeanLucNeptune); and medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee). Click here to see it.
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This week we add another smattering of new speakers including ONC Director, Micky Tripathi, Hims & Hers’ CEO Andrew Dudum, Sidecar Health CEO Patrick Quigley, & Qventus CEO Mudit Garg. But the most exciting news was that we released our preliminary agenda of fascinating debate-style panels. Please visit our website What’s Next For Health Care to see previously announced speakers including Glen Tullman, Jonathan Bush, Julie Yoo & 40+ more!
In this week’s health care tidbits, Shannon Brownlee and her fellow rebels at the Lown Institute decided to have a bit of fun and compare which non-profit hospitals actually made up for the tax-breaks they got by providing more in community benefit. A bunch of hospitals you never heard of topped the list. What was more interesting was the hospitals that topped the inverse list, in that they gave way less in community benefit than they got in tax breaks. That list has a bunch of names on it you will have heard of!
The sinners in the Lown Institute analysis
The sinners in the Lown Institute analysis
Given how many of that list run sizable hedge funds and then do a little health care services on the side, perhaps it’s time to totally re-think our deference to these hospital system monopolies. And I don’t just mean making it harder for them to merge and raise prices as suggested by Biden’s recent Executive Order.
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July 15, Steven Zecola
If asked, the leaders of the research organizations working on Parkinson’s disease would say that they have made tremendous progress and are optimistic on finding a cure for the disease. In truth, this viewpoint understates the magnitude of the challenge and results in insufficient resources being devoted to PD. The time is ripe to get everybody on the same page when it comes to the objectives, resources, and timelines for PD research.
July 13, Kim Bellard
Now, it’s not likely that many people think about elevator operators very often, if ever. But when Kim thinks of elevator operators, he thinks of health care. For most of the time we’ve had medicine, we’ve relied on experts, such as physicians, to guide us in our health. The thought that a layman could manage their own health was simply an outrageous thought. It’s no longer such an outrageous thought. 
July 12, Mike Magee
Alexander Hamilton said, “In countries where there is great private wealth much may be effected by the voluntary contributions of patriotic individuals, but in a community situated like that of the United States, the public purse must supply the deficiency of private resource. In what can it be so useful as in prompting and improving the efforts of industry?” In this article, Mike takes a Hamiltonian view of America. Americans have had a year and a half to reflect and think about work and life, priorities and the future. Is this the America we want?
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