Companies must pay as much attention to the hard side of change management as they do to the soft aspects. The big problem I have with most health care schemes, including our current one is that the built-in limiting mechanism inherent in the market is missing: that the ones who make the decisions are the ones who pay the bills. I know everybody is talking about Flo and the little lizard selling health insurance on TV as the ultimate solution to health care affordability, but that is nothing short of demagoguery.
We eat every day, at least most of us do. In the United States McDonald’s, Burger King, Jack in the Box, Wendy’s Taco Bell, and all those chicken places are not there for your health. This was an occult message that in signing this bill he held the keys to life and death in his hands.
The system of health care in Japan provides many options for an individual’s medical needs. Price transparency and consumers’ perceptions that they may have to pay for the care are the mechanisms that may reduce the costs (in addition to not paying for things that are treatable with lifestyle changes).
As the health care industry grows, recruiting agencies can serve another purpose: industry promoters. Health care systems are organizations established to meet the health needs of target populations. In one particular story, a young woman shares that her father has Crohns disease and has been in and out of the hospital since his diagnosis and has been denied by health insurance companies because of a pre-existing condition (unknown, 2011).
The system of health care in Japan provides for free screening examinations for particular diseases, infectious disease control and prenatal care. Eventually, every person with any plan must have a primary care doctor listed, and must be known by that doctor.