Get Your Free Audiobook

Non-member price: $28.94

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

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 two examines how health care is organized, in relation to what we know about differentiation, separation, and integration in organizations and systems in general. Mintzberg shows that in health care the inclination has been to do an awful lot more differentiating than integrating. This has resulted in all sorts of excessive separations: curtains across the specialties, sheets over the patients, and walls and floors between the administrators. The favored form of organizing health care - the professional organization - is the source of its great strength as well as its debilitating weakness.

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.

©2017 Henry Mintzberg (P)2017 Henry Mintzberg

What listeners say about Managing the Myths of Health Care: Bridging the Separations Between Care, Cure, Control, and Community

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dave
  • Dave
  • 07-07-2018

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.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Brettly
  • Brettly
  • 03-09-2017

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

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for TominCumbria
  • TominCumbria
  • 27-05-2017

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.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.