This blog is brought to you by Greg Scandlen’s Health Benefits Group. Scandlen is an independent health care analyst in Hagerstown, Maryland. He has over 30 years experience in health policy, especially in health care financing.
He started in the research department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine in 1979, was recruited by the BCBS Association to go to Washington to work on state affairs in 1984.
Disturbed by the growth of managed care, he left the Blues in 1991 to organize the Council for Affordable Health Insurance where he succeeded in helping to get Medical Savings Accounts enacted. Once enacted, he went into independent consulting to help businesses adopt MSAs. He then did stints at the Cato Institute, the National Center for Policy Analysis, the Galen Institute, and finally organized Consumers for Health Care Choices in 2004, which is now a project of the Heartland Institute.
Throughout his career Mr. Scandlen has been an advocate of patient empowerment, consumer choice, and increased competition. He is widely published, gives about 30 speeches a year, and has been interviewed in many broadcast and print media outlets. His core insight is that most of the problems in the health care system stem from excessive reliance on third-party payment, and the solution lies in allowing health care consumers to control their own resources to purchase the services they value.
He is available for consulting and speaking. Some of his recent presentations include:
- A short talk on mandated coverage at a Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by American for Tax Reform
- Another short talk on health reform at a Capital Hill briefing sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess.
- An hour-long panel presentation with Margaret Flower, MD of Physicians for a National Health Program and Karen Davenport of the Center for American Progress at St. Mary’s College, Maryland.
- Presentation with Roy Ramthun on Consumer Driven Health Care at the Health Care Solutions Summit in Richmond, Vorginia.
- Series of clips from an hour-long presentation on the Health Care Revolution at a conference sponsored by the Society for the Education of Patients and Physicians in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four. Part Five.
For more information contact:
- The Health Benefits Group
- PO Box 4955
- Hagerstown, MD 21742