Health Tech Reads: Casino Healthcare by Dan Munro #HTReads

Welcome to Health Tech Reads! Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. EST we are discussing the book Casino Healthcare by Dan Munro (@danmunro).


Below are the questions for discussion.


  1. Patient data transparency is a problem in healthcare. What are some reasons healthcare providers don’t want transparency to happen?

  2. Should we expect disruption in the healthcare or is the industry too heavily regulated for it to occur?

  3. With the pharma industry’s history of irrational pricing, what steps can be taken to move to a value-driven system for pricing drugs?

  4. Given the medical-related breaches mentioned in Casino Healthcare, how vulnerable is the healthcare industry is to cybercrimes?

  5. What are some examples of successful health systems in other countries that the US should model our system after?

  6. Is US healthcare focused on profits/revenue or safety/quality? How does this impact change going forward?

  7. Michael Lewis’s quote about the complexity of trading on Wall St is mentioned as inspiration for the book. How can healthcare be made LESS complicated?

Bonus: What do you think the future of healthcare coverage will look like? If healthcare won’t change healthcare, who or what will?


A description of Casino Healthcare from


On the release of his book “Flash Boys,” author Michael Lewis was interviewed by Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes and a quote from that interview was both the inspiration and influence for Casino Healthcare.


“If it wasn’t complicated, it wouldn’t be allowed to happen. The complexity disguises what’s happening. If it’s so complicated that you can’t understand it – then you can’t question it.”


What Michael was referencing was high-speed trading on Wall Street, but the quote could just as easily be applied to the U.S. healthcare system as well. In fact, it’s tailor-made.


Casino Healthcare isn’t a theoretical policy book for the elite, but one that penetrates the blanket of fog surrounding a major – and growing – household expense. Americans have a right to be angry with how the U.S. healthcare system has been hijacked for revenue and profits. One analyst recently categorized it as “legalized extortion on a national scale.” In the same way that Michael Lewis exposed the complexity of high-speed trading on Wall Street, Casino Healthcare will expose the U.S. healthcare system for what it really is – a giant casino of epic proportions where the risks are clinical, financial, deeply personal and nothing less than the health of an entire nation.


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