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Consumer-driven Health Care Advocate Proposes Scrapping Insurance Model

BY Lea Winerman  September 18, 2009 at 4:24 PM EST

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Businessman David Goldhill’s only experience with the health care system was as a patient. But when his father died from hospital-acquired infection, Goldhill was spurred to research the health care industry from top to bottom.

What came out of that study was his proposal to abolish our current insurance-based system entirely, in favor of a new, “consumer-driven” health care system that he says would provide better care at a lower cost. He published his thoughts in an essay in the September issue of the “Atlantic Monthly” magazine.

Listen to an interview with Goldhill: