FHC #123: Diving deep into healthcare’s biggest battles of 2024

Healthcare used to be a “country club competition,” in the words of past Fixing Healthcare guest Dr. Robert Burgelman. By this, he meant that doctors, insurers, drug makers and others worked well together and stayed out of each other’s respective lanes, trusting each other to keep the wheels of medicine churning slowly forward. Disputes, if any, were resolved quietly and kept behind the scenes.

Those days are gone and, in 2024, three major healthcare conflicts are set to erupt. In this episode of Diving Deep, Dr. Robert Pearl and Jeremy Corr discuss this year’s cutthroat competitions and intense disputes, each of them being played out in public.

Later in the episode, Dr. Pearl dives deep into the OpenAI saga involving its CEO (turned ex-CEO turned CEO again) Sam Altman and his very public feud with the company’s board of directors. Setting the dramatics aside, Pearl examines the important lessons that healthcare leaders should take from this dispute and from Altman’s leadership style.

Learn more about these two topics in today’s episode of Fixing Healthcare. Click play to learn more or check out the various links below for additional information.


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Dr. Robert Pearl is the author of a book about medicine’s invisible yet highly influential physician culture. Check out “Uncaring: How Physician Culture Is Killing Doctors & Patients.” All profits from the book go to Doctors Without Borders.

Fixing Healthcare is a co-production of Dr. Robert Pearl and Jeremy Corr. Subscribe to the show via Apple, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you find podcasts. Join the conversation or suggest a guest by following the show on Twitter and LinkedIn.