I submit C. Everett Koop, M.D., as the No. 1 healthcare advocate of the century.
Koop epitomizes the ideal of the modern physician. Koop's emphasis on delivery of quality patient care and a commitment to healthcare access for all Americans reveal his desire to make this nation the international leader in healthcare. Probably his greatest achievement has been his drive to bring to national consciousness the serious issues related to smoking.
From his tenure with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to his dedication as the nation's surgeon general, Koop has been instrumental in effectively directing the national healthcare agenda. His influence has been felt across the myriad healthcare delivery disciplines.
Director, Practice Management Services
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
My vote for the No. 1 healthcare contributor of the century is C. Everett Koop, M.D. Koop is a treasure and should be so recognized.
Vice president, chief information officer
MacNeal Health Network
Two men jointly deserve the honor of being named those who have meant the most to healthcare management or policy: industrialist Henry Kaiser and physician Sidney Garfield, M.D. Together they founded Kaiser Permanente and proved the value of prevention and prepayment.
Others had experimented with forms of prepaid medicine, but only when Kaiser and Garfield created a medical-care program for Kaiser's workers did the idea prove America could provide quality medical care to large numbers of working Americans. Kaiser saw the need for worker benefits, especially healthcare; Garfield saw the value of prepayment, prevention and early detection.