Want to change health care? Start with employers.
Seattle-based investor Dave Chase has studied health care market forces for more than a decade, and he has a background in enterprise sales. He's not surprised that the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan health consortium is starting with its own 1.2 million employees first.
Focusing on improving outcomes and lowering costs for employer-insured workers will be a quicker path than trying to reform the pharmaceutical or health insurance industries, he thinks. That's because employers are increasingly desperate to stem their rising costs, so have a vested interest in making care more efficient and less wasteful.
Chase shared several reasons why he thinks change will come through employers first.
Employers are going to be a highly disruptive force in health care in the coming decade, said Chase. He believes that while Amazon, J.P. Morgan and Berkshire might be starting with their own employees first, everyone could benefit in the long-run.