David Goldhill

  • Aired:  02/20/13
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The Game Show Network CEO shares his book, "Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father -- and How We Can Fix It." (5:58)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS A NEW BOOK ABOUT HOW TO FIX THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IT COSTS $29.95 AND A $10 COPAY.

PLEASE WELCOME DAVID GOLDHILL.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

MR. GOLDHILL, THANKS SO MUCH.

OKAY.

SO THE NAME OF YOUR BOOK IS "CATASTROPHIC CARE" HOW AMERICAN HEALTH CARE KILLED MY FATHER AND

HOW WE CAN FIX IT.

NOW, ARE YOU A DOCTOR?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE NOT A DOCTOR.

YOU ARE, IN FACT, THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. THE THE GAME SHOW NETWORK.

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> Stephen: WHY IS THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF THE GAMESHOW NETWORK TRYING TO FIX

OUR HEALTH CARE.

AREN'T SICK PEOPLE HOME FROM WORK YOUR CORE AUDIENCE?

[LAUGHTER]

>> WELL, I HADN'T THOUGHT BEFORE.

>> Stephen: YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT THAT.

YOU ARE SHOOTING YOURSELF IN THE FOOT RIGHT NOW.

[LAUGHTER]

>> CAN I GO ON ANYWAY.

IT'S A GOOD POINT.

>> Stephen: SURE.

>> MY INTEREST ACTUALLY CAME FROM MY FATHER'S DEATH FROM A HOSPITAL ACQUIRED FENGS WHICH IS

AN ALL-TOO COMMON EXPERIENCE BUT BROADLY I APPROACH IT AS A BUSINESS PERSON WITH 300

EMPLOYEES FOR WHOM HEALTH SCARE AN IMPORTANT ISSUE.

A PRNT, A PATIENT MYSELF.

WHEN I SEE IS A SYSTEM BROKEN IN SO MANY WAYS BUT THAT I THINK ALL OF THOSE PROBLEMS HAVE ONE

CAUSE THAT I THINK IT HAS IN COMMON WHICH IS WE'RE NOT THE CUSTOMER OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

>> Stephen: WHAT?

I'M THE GUY GOING THERE SAYING GIVE ME THE DRUGS I'M SICK.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: OR I MIGHT BE SICK.

GIVE ME THE DRUGS NOW.

[LAUGHTER]

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

I THINK THERE'S 310 MILLION AMERICANS WITH A STORY ABOUT HEALTH CARE THAT INVOLVES

ANYTHING AS SIMPLE AS LOST TEST RESULTS, UNCOORDINATED CARE, TERRIBLE SERVICE ALL THE WAY TO

THE TYPE OF HARM MY FATHER AND OTHERS SUFFER.

WHAT THEY HAVE IN COMMON SAY SYSTEM THAT DOESN'T SERVE US IN THE WAY ANYTHING ELSE IN LIFE

DOES YET ARGUABLY IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRY THERE IS.

IT SERVES MEDICARE AND MEDICAID.

>> Stephen: WHO DO YOU WANT BETWEEN ME AND MY PROVIDER, A GOVERNMENT PANEL, A DEATH PANEL?

>> NO, WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS A GREATER ROLE FOR PATIENTS AS CONSUMERS.

SO WHAT I'D LIKE TO SEE US RECOGNIZE IS THAT HEALTH CARE IS NO LONGER JUST ABOUT

EMERGENCIES, GETTING HIT BY A BUS BUT IN FACT INTEGRATED INTO OUR LIFE IN A LOT OF WAYS.

>> Stephen: IT IS.

I HAVE INSURANCE.

SOON WE'LL HAVE OBAMA CARE.

YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT, RIGHT?

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: SOON WE'LL HAVE MANDATED INSURANCE YOU HAVE TO BUY INTO IT.

WE'LL BE COVERED.

WHAT IS IS YOUR BEEF?

>> WE'RE OVERINSURED.

>> Stephen: OVER INSURED?

WHAT COULD YOU MEAN? I WANT TO GOOD IN AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE FOR ANYTHING.

>> ABSOLUTELY AND YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU.

>> WE HAVE INSURANCE IN A LOT OF THINGS IN OUR SOCIETY.

IF YOUR HOUSE BURNS DOWN WE EXPECT HOMEOWNERS TO COVER US.

WE DON'T EXPECT IT TO COVER US IF OUR FURNITURE GOES OUT THE STYLE OR PAY UTILITY BILLS.

>> Stephen: WHO IS THE FURNITURE IN HEALTH CARE?

>> THE FURNITURE IN HEALTH CARE IS THE FACT THAT A LOT OF HEALTH CARE CASES ARE ROUTINE WE EXPECT

TO PAY.

WE KNOW WE'LL PAY.

IT'S NOT JUST A MATTER HOUSES BURNING DOWN.

WE HAVE A LOT OF HEALTH CARE ISSUES, COSTS BEYOND THE URGENT ONES.

THEY ARE A BIGGER PART OF WHAT HEALTH CARE HAS.

IT'S GREAT IF THEY COVERED THE FURNITURE POLICY BUT IF EVERYBODY'S FURNITURE IS COVERED

IT'S A PROBLEM.

>> Stephen: EVERYBODY IS A PERSON SO THEY ARE EQUAL SO THEY SHOULD BE COVERED.

>> IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYEE STARTING OUT TODAY.

>> Stephen: GAME SHOW NETWORK.

>> OR ANY OTHER COMPANY.

WE PAY FOR YOUR INSURANCE.

>> Stephen: DO YOU PAY FOR IT OR IS IT A WHEEL THEY SPIN?

>> WE PAY FOR IT.

AN EXCELLENT IDEA THOUGH.

>> Stephen: YOU GOT A KIDNEY!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE OVER YOUR LIFETIME.

>> Stephen: YES.

>> SOMEWHERE AROUND $1.8 MILLION PAID INTO THE HEALTH CARE.

SO WHEN WE UNDERSTAND OUR SYSTEM.

WHAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND IS HOW MUCH IT'S COSTING US.

WE THINK IN TERMS OF BENEFITS ISN'T IT GREAT THAT EVERYTHING IS COVERED.

WE'RE ALL PAYING FOR EACH OTHER'S CARE, EACH OTHER'S FURNITURE.

THE PROBLEM IS AS A RESULT WE CREATED A SYSTEM WHERE THERE'S NO INCENTIVE TO SAVE MONEY, TO

CURB EXCESS CARE, TO SERVE CUSTOMERS WELL AND NO INCENTIVE TO CURB TRUE DANGER WHICH IS

KILLING 100,000 TO 200,000 A YEAR.

>> Stephen: THERE'S NO COMPETITIVENESS BETWEEN COMPANIES?

>> THERE ARE VERY FEW INSURANCE COMPANIES LEFT.

THERE'S USUALLY ONLY ONE OR TWO BIDDING ON YOUR BUSINESS.

THE MORE IMPORTANT ISSUE IS PROVIDERS.

WE NEED A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WHERE SOMEBODY COULD MAKE -- A HOSPITAL COULD MAKE MORE MONEY

BY BEING A LOW PRICE LEADER OR SAFETY LEADER.

THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE TODAY.

>> Stephen: DOESN'T HOSPITAL WANT TO BE SAFE?

>> EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE SAFE.

THE INCENTIVES AREN'T THAT YOU MAKE MORE MONEY BY PRACTICING EXCESS CARE AND NOT

OVERINVESTING IN SERVICE AND SAFETY.

>> Stephen: AGAIN DEATH PANEL?

>> YOU TAKE AN IDEA FROM THE LEFT UNIVERSAL COVERAGE AND AN IDEA FROM THE RIGHT TRYING TO

BUILD A REAL MARKET AND HEALTH CARE.

YOU DO IT BY COVERING EVERYBODY BUT NOT FOR EVERYTHING.

WE REDIRECT THE ENORMOUS MONEY BACK TO PEOPLE.

>> Stephen: YOU GIVE EVERYBODY THE BASIC CABLE PACKAGE NOT THE PREMIUM CHANNELS.

>> ANOTHER WAY TO EXPRESS IT MIGHT BE --

>> Stephen: NO MINE IS GOOD.

THANK YOU MR. GOLDHILL.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

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