Humana CMO Calls for ‘Democratization’ of Healthcare

Dr. Roy Beveridge

Dr. Roy Beveridge

“Healthcare is going to become democratized,” Dr. Roy Beveridge, senior vice president and CMO of health insurer Humana said Tuesday morning to open MedCity ENGAGE in Bethesda, Md.

To Beveridge, an oncologist, the transformation has already begun, as consumers are choosing retail clinics and telemedicine over traditional physician office visits. The reason? They offer convenience, which is the same reason why people bank and purchase airline tickets online today rather than go to the bank in person during regular business hours to deposit checks or call up a travel agent to book trips.

“We as a society have made health very hard,” Beveridge said, while showing a photo collage of cheap junk food, traffic jams and people lounging on couches because they no longer have to get up to change the TV channel like earlier generations did.

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