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4.0 out of 5 stars Rigorous Analysis of How to Fund Healthcare, 27 July 2009
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This review is from: The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care (Hardcover)
Having been exposed to Christensen's theory of disruption in his previous books (The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business (Harperbusiness Essentials) and The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth) and also from taking his course at business school, I bought this book to give me a refresher in the theory and to also see one of the world's most impressive minds apply his knowledge to one of the world's biggest problems; how to make healthcare affordable for ageing populations.

Overall, the book doesn't disappoint. In Christensen's logical, structured style the various points he makes are illustrated well with insightful case studies (both within healthcare and from other industries such as electronics that readers of the previous books will be familiar with) and a clear narrative flow. He carefully dissects the various issues and applying the various elements of disruption theory builds a framework for how to build a healthcare system that works on all levels.

I can't do it justice in a paragraph but his major argument is that having hospitals (which are structured to solve complex problems) as the main repository of care is very inefficient. Instead, various activities of hospitals such as routine dialysis or hip operations should be hived off into much more efficient external clinics that are more able to charge on a results-basis and drive down costs by using more skilled technicians rather than high cost doctors. However, there's much more in here as he gives extremely robust analysis of all elements of healthcare.

While his perspective and analysis is largely based on the US, he talks at a general level making his conclusions applicable to any country in the world.

If you've read previous Christensen books then it's a novel application of his theories (if a little repetitive). If you haven't read any of his previous work then he walks you through his argument (but not in the same detail as previous books) such that you can read this book on its own. However be warned, this is definitely towards the 'textbook' end of business books and it avoids a lot of the political debate that drags down other debates on healthcare (but which may potentially be more interesting). While still very readable it can become quite in depth and requires a lot of thought. Not really a book in the 'pop-business' mould but if you're interested in the subject a great read.

I really wish someone in the UK government would take a real good look at the conclusions.
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