Skin in the Game: How Putting Yourself First Today Will Revolutionize Health Care Tomorrow

John Hammergren and Phil Harkins

Wiley,  March 2008

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Did you ever notice that you always seem to come last in our health care system, with its mega-hospitals, giant pharmaceutical companies. Billion-dollar insurance providers, and multi-layered government bureaucracy? Well, you're not alone -- policy makers and citizens groups are constantly criticizing the state of American health care, and the statistics often confirm their suspicions. The good news is things are about to change, and this book will show you how to put yourself first in the health care system and ensure that you and your family know how to access the best care possible.

With Skin in the Game, authors John Hammergren -- Chairman and CEO of McKesson Corporation, America's oldest and largest health care services company -- and Phil Harkins -- CEO of Linkage, a global organizational development company -- give you a comprehensive overview of the history of health care in America; an explanation of how we arrived at our current crisis; and a preview of the revolutionary leap in care that's coming as high-tech  productivity and quality transform health care in America.

In the not too distant future, you will have ready access to information about doctors, hospitals, and treatment centers so you can make fact-based choices about where and when to seek care. All of your medical records will be digitized, available to you and your doctor anywhere, anytime. Test results will be instantaneous and performed in a doctor's office, which may be located in a mall or at your local pharmacy.

Page by page, Skin in the Game explains all of this an more, helping you:

  • Understand today's "big picture" health care issues in a historical context
  • Recognize how a streamlined health care system will free your doctor to provide the personalized care you desire and your doctor prefers
  • Gain new insights into the process of health care delivery and the innovations that will change the way you receive care and manage your health
  • Obtain practical advice about how you can get around today's health care roadblocks and locate the best doctors with the best practical techniques and best treatment results
  • And much more
A must-read for anyone who cares about the future of our health care system, Skin in the Game offers information and answers that even industry insiders will find revealing. And it might just save your life.

hardcover | ISBN: 9780470262788 | Publication Date: March 2008

"John Hammergren is one of America's best CEOs, and his new book, Skin in the Game, makes a strong statement about the serious issue of health care reform. Moreover, he does so with clear thinking, contagious optimism, and a refreshing, pragmatic approach that can be readily understood."
--Mark Hurd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett-Packard Company

"I have believed for a long time that American health care is not in crisis -- rather it is a call to action for leadership. This is is a book with just that message -- well done!"
--Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California; coauthor of Judgment

"John Hammergren's prescription for addressing America's health care crisis is a clear, well thought-out mandate founded on pragmatism: leverage existing technology and the free market to cut costs, improve quality, and put the patient back in charge. Brilliant and achievable!"
--Paul Otellini, Chief Executive Officer, Intel Corporation

"Our nation's health care is everybody's business. John Hammergren and Phil Harkins showcase the future of the health care industry through candid interviews, compelling research, and an unwavering commitment to uncover the truth about what lies ahead."
--Michael Treacy, coauthor of The Discipline of Market Leaders

"As the leader of the nation's largest health care company with ties to all parts of the complex U.S. health care system, John Hammergren is in a unique position to describe the challenges we face and what we can do about them. His book is insightful, challenging, and persuasive, and a valuable addition to the debate about the future of the critically irnportant sector that represents one sixth of the U.S. economy."
--David M. Lawrence, MD, MPH Chairman and CEO (retired), Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals