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The Drucker Lectures: Essential Lessons on Management, Society and Economy by Rick Wartzman, Peter F. Drucker

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23On Health Care1996

Most of the talk in the country is a little alarmed because it leads with an “American health-care crisis,” and actually every health-care system in every developed country today is in severe crisis. The Japanese are much worse than we are. The Germans are probably worse than we are. The British are in part doing very well, but the hospitals are in turmoil. And when you have a worldwide epidemic, you are not looking for individual, national problems. You have a systems failure.

Let me say that I fell into health care in 1947 when I lived in Vermont and worked at a small college [Bennington], and they put me on the board of the Vermont–New Hampshire Blue Cross. And we had the annual meeting, 60 miles north of where I lived, ...

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