Joanne Conroy, MD

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Why Healthcare Needs More Women Leaders

Originally posted on June 30, 2017 Recently, Modern Healthcare published its list of the 50 most influential physician executives and leaders. The list included only seven women. There were seven in 2016, nine in 2015, and eight in 2014. Women comprise less than 10 percent of that list. As you will see, the math does not add up. Women make up more than 50 percent ...

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Consumer-Directed Health Care: Can Engaged Patients Transform Our Health System?

Proponents of consumer-directed health plans argue that insured people aren’t really aware of the costs of care. Usually, their out-of-pocket costs are limited to 25 percent of premium costs in employer-sponsored plans, deductibles, and co-pays. But if you had to pay for services with funds from a high-deductible savings account, would you become a better ...

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The Emotional Backstop

I read a very poignant story in the Weekend Wall St. Journal a couple of months ago. It was about Specialist Keith Benson, a dedicated medic in Afghanistan who had discovered his calling in the Army, marrying his love of medicine and his desire to help people with his perfectionist “zeal,” as the writer, Michael Phillips, put it. Phillips chronicled Benson’s ...

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