A Lesson in Healthcare Economics with Jon Healey, Editorial Writer and Blogger, Los Angeles Times

Episode 48

OR046 A Lesson in Healthcare Economics with Jon Healey, Editorial Writer and Blogger, Los Angeles Times


Jon Healey is an editorial writer at The Times, mainly contributing pieces about the economy, healthcare reform, technology, intellectual property, corporate governance and other business issues.

Prior to joining the board, he spent five years as a business reporter at The Times covering the convergence of entertainment, technology, and billion-dollar lawsuits. Other career stops include stints at the San Jose Mercury News, Congressional Quarterly, and the Winston-Salem Journal. He has a B.A. in history from Princeton University and lives with his wife and two sons in South Pasadena, near the future I-710 tunnel.


What made you interested in focusing on the Medical sector? Part of it was because we lost our previous healthcare writer. When I started doing the interviews with people, I realized that I couldn’t imagine anything that could be more important to our readers.


Hot Topic that should healthcare leaders agenda:  How people are going to be paid/reimbursed and how many people are going to be able to participate in healthcare.


What could be an area of focus for providers in order for them to prepare themselves for the changes that are coming? If I am a doctor, I’d be thinking about “How do I show that what I do makes people better?”


John 101 Course on Outcomes Improvement:

1.What is the best way to improve healthcare outcomes?

To measure them

2. What is the biggest mistake or pitfall to avoid?

Assuming that people will do the right thing for their health

3. How do you stay relevant as an organization despite constant change?

Deliver services to people actually want, not the ones you think that they want

4. One area of focus that should drive everything else is:



Recommended Book/s:

Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care–And Why We’re Usually Wrong

Change Agent: A Novel


Closing Thought:

I am always looking for health understanding how state Washington capital interface with providers whether they’re doing the right thing for them or the wrong thing.


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