The Myths of Health Care

Towards New Models of Leadership and Management in the Healthcare Sector

  • Paola Adinolfi
  • Elio Borgonovi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Managing in Health Care: Cues and Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Henry Mintzberg
      Pages 3-11
    3. Paola Adinolfi, Elio Borgonovi
      Pages 25-39
  3. Going Through Health Myths

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Umberto Veronesi, Maurizio Mauri, Mario Del Vecchio, Patrizio Armeni, Vincenza Esposito, Mario Pezzillo Iacono et al.
      Pages 43-66
    3. Emanuele Lettieri, Cristina Masella, Corrado Cuccurullo, Fernando Giancotti
      Pages 67-86
    4. Anna Maria Livia Colao, Pasquale Antonio Riccio, Antonio Botti, Aurelio Tommasetti, Massimo Sargiacomo, Antonio D’Andreamatteo et al.
      Pages 87-102
    5. Federico Lega, Emanuele Vendramini, Giuseppe Festa, Enrico Coscioni
      Pages 103-121
    6. Oriana Ciani, Aleksandra Torbica, Francesca Lecci, Marco Morelli, Michael Drummond, Rosanna Tarricone et al.
      Pages 123-154
    7. Andrea Silenzi, Alessio Santoro, Walter Ricciardi, Anna Prenestini, Stefano Calciolari, Silvio Garattini et al.
      Pages 155-176
    8. Matteo Motterlini, Carlo Canepa, Sabina Nuti, Marina Davoli, Chiara Marinacci, Renato Botti et al.
      Pages 177-210
    9. Rocco Palumbo, Gabriella Piscopo, Maria Grazia Sampietro, Marcello Martinez, Luigi Moschera, Gianluigi Mangia et al.
      Pages 211-229
    10. Evert Gummesson, Gerardine Doyle, Alessandra Storlazzi, Carmela Annarumma, Giuseppe Favretto, Aurelio Tommasetti et al.
      Pages 231-251
  4. Lessons Learnt

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Paola Adinolfi, Elio Borgonovi
      Pages 255-264
  5. Anna Maria Livia Colao, Pasquale Antonio Riccio, Antonio Botti, Aurelio Tommasetti, Massimo Sargiacomo, Antonio D’Andreamatteo et al.
    Pages E1-E1
  6. Paola Adinolfi, Elio Borgonovi
    Pages E3-E3
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 265-272

About this book


This provocative appraisal unpacks commonly held beliefs about healthcare management and replaces them with practical strategies and realistic policy goals. Using Henry Mintzberg’s “Myths of Healthcare” as a springboard, it reveals management practices that undermine care delivery, explores their cultural and corporate origins, and details how they may be reversed through changes in management strategy, organization, scale, and style. Tackling conventional wisdom about decision-making, cost-effectiveness, service quality, and equity, contributors fine-tune concepts of mission and vision by promoting collaboration, engagement, and common sense. The book’s multidisciplinary panel of experts analyzes the most popular healthcare management “myths,” among them:

·         The healthcare system is failing.

·         The healthcare system can be fixed through social engineering. ·         Healthcare institutions can be fixed by bringing in the heroic leader.

·         The healthcare system can be fixed by treating it more as a business.

·         Healthcare is rightly left to the private sector, for the sake of efficiency.

The Myths of Health Care speaks to a large, diverse audience: scholars of all levels interested in the research in health policy and management, graduate and under-graduate students attending courses in leadership and management of public sector organization, and practitioners in the field of health care.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paola Adinolfi
    • 1
  • Elio Borgonovi
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro Interdip.di RicercaUniversita di Salerno Centro Interdip.di RicercaFiscianoItaly
  2. 2.Dept of Policy Analysis & Public MgmtUniversity Luigi Bocconi Dept of Policy Analysis & Public MgmtMilanoItaly

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