The High Price of Health
Malik Hasan's Career, Company and Mergers

Dr. Hasan is a board certified neurologist in Pueblo, Colorado and practiced from June 1975 to 1992.  From 1980-84, he was a director of the Colorado Medical Society and Parkview Episcopal Medical Center.  He also served as a clinical assistant professor of neurology at the University of Colorado from 1976 to 1990.


Dr. Hasan helped to form Qual-Med, a tiny HMO with 7,000 members in southern Colorado. He then started acquring other HMOs. As reported in George Anders' book "Health Against Wealth," after acquiring an HMO, Hasan would install an aggressive medical director with instructions to shrink the medical-loss ratio: "If an obstetrician wanted to keep a new mother in the hospital for a second or third day after delivery, Qual-Med directors would say no on the ground that it wasn't medically necessary. If an orthopedist wanted to order a second MRI, he was told no as well, on the same grounds."

June 1991

Qual-Med goes public.

August 1993

Health Net and Qual-Med merge into Health Systems International, creating a 1.8 million member HMO. "Hasan immediately introduced his own medical director and took steps to reduce Health Net's medical-loss ratio." reports Anders.

May 1997

Foundation Health is formed by the merger of Health Systems International (CEO is Hasan) with Foundation Health Systems. The combined value of the two companies is $1.27 billion making it the fourth largest managed care insurer in the U.S. It covers about 5 million people in 17 states and is the second largest HMO in California, with 2.8 million enrollees.

May 1997

Dr. Malik Hasan announced his retirement from Foundation Health Systems Inc., a company he built into the nation's fourth largest publicly-traded health maintenance organization. In resigning at the age of 59, Hasaon said, "With the size of the company, for the last year, I was not having much fun." Hasan said he would concentrate on three other companies in which he's invested, all of which are in the health care and information technology area. Hasan also said that it's not likely he will retire completely from the managed care industry.

Read Foundation Health Systems Inc.'s 1997 fourth quarter and Year End financial report


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