MedCity Pivot Podcast: A conversation with Dr. Robert Pearl about how best to transform physician culture

When we look at problems plaguing the healthcare industry, the usual culprits are the pharmaceutical industry, the insurance industry, pharmacy benefit managers and so on.

Rarely does the blame — perhaps with the exception of the opioid epidemic — fall on physicians. With his new book, Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors and Patients, Dr. Robert Pearl provides an incisive look at how our healthcare heroes are also responsible for many off the ills that plague the overall system: high costs, treatment variation and systemic racism.

In this episode of our Pivot podcast, Dr. Pearl, who has been CEO of the Permanente Medical Group from almost two decades shares details about how its time to transform physician culture and by doing so elevate medicine and improve the lives of both doctors and patients.