Mintzberg begins in part one by confronting myths about health care, including:
- We have a system of health care
- Health care institutions can be fixed with more heroic leadership
- The health care system can be fixed by more administrative engineering
- The health care system can be fixed by more categorizing and commodifying to facilitate more calculating
- The health care system can be fixed with increased competition
- Health care organizations can be fixed by running them more like businesses
Part three then offers guidelines to reframe the core components of health care: strategy, organization, scale, ownership, management, and the "system" itself. For example, managing has to be about care more than cure, and organizing has to favor communityship over leadership, collaboration over competition.
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Very interesting thoughts into both management and healthcare
I found this book one of the non-fiction audiobooks I could actually listen to the whole way through. This is largely due to the interesting management theories that Mintzberg highlights, talks through and negates. I found Kruse’s voice hard to listen to in depth for the first few chapters, but after a while I got into the swing of it. There were a few sections which would refer to figures or text boxes, which are always difficult in audiobooks, but these were explained well.
Overall a worthwhile audiobook for anyone interested in the healthcare industry.
would be 5 star but
excellent analysis of healthcare systems and good suggestion for addressing the problems we face. however I can't really recommend a or take seriously a book that promotes homeopathy which is a real shame
A must read (or listen) for anyone involved or interested in healthcare
This book successfully weaves together many relevant threads in an approachable style. I would have given it five stars had it not been for the occasional overuse of perception stated as fact; otherwise brilliant.