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What has Ebola taught us about health care delivery?

by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO | October 22, 2014
It seems to me that no group is more at risk than health care workers when it comes to Ebola. The outbreak has generated so much attention that it has really shined a light on just how important effective health care is.

Many people have the perception that they are "entitled" to good health care even though they don't take any ownership as to how to cover its cost.

Ebola in Africa shows us all just how important good health care is and what can happen if the system fails.

Meanwhile, Ebola in Texas shows us how vulnerable we are right here in the U.S.

I think it is fair to say that most hospitals in the world are not ready to deal with an outbreak of this nature and getting themselves ready is going to place extra financial strain on a delivery system that is already under stress.

We've written some stories about Ebola within the last week. Here are the links to them:

Ebola outbreak continues to spread exponentially
AFT calls for improved Ebola hospital protocols

If you have any ideas that you'd like to share with me, I encourage you to write to me either privately or publicly.

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About Phil Jacobus

Phil Jacobus has been involved in health care since 1977, when he visited China to sell equipment. He has done business in 35 countries and still travels extensively. Phil is active in charity, helps rural clinics and always tries to help DOTmed users when he can.

Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.

Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.

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