Building Healthcare’s Superstore with David Goldhill

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After personally experiencing the brokenness of the American healthcare industry with the death of his father, our next guest has become a national-leading advocate of market-based reform and is building healthcare’s superstore that delivers convenient, high-quality, full-scope medical care at affordable prices.

David Goldhill, CEO of Sesame, joins us to discuss his team’s strategy of bringing healthcare services into the 21st century by removing the complexities and commitments that burden its consumers for a meaningfully better experience.

Join us to learn why and how David and the Sesame team are on a mission to deliver radically normal healthcare for our nation as we continue to work together to move our industry forward. Let’s go!

Episode Highlights:

  • David’s critique of the lack of democratization of healthcare services
  • Sesame’s direct-pay platform for patients and providers to sell and buy healthcare services in a normal way
  • Sesame’s innovations before and during the pandemic that ensures patients receive great value from their services
  • Why hasn’t a healthcare marketplace such as Sesame’s been able to previously exist?

About Our Guest:

David Goldhill is the founder and CEO of Sesame, which operates an innovative direct pay marketplace for the full range of health care services. Sesame ( launched its service in Kansas City in 2019. Goldhill has been a leading voice of market-based health care reform since publication of 
“How American Health Care Killed My Father” as the cover story of the September 2009 issue of The Atlantic.

Goldhill is the author of “Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care is Wrong” (Knopf, January 2013) and of “The Real Costs of American Health Care” (Vintage 2016). He is co-editor of New York’s Next Health Care Revolution (Manhattan Institute, 2015). Goldhill is chair of the Board of Directors of the Leapfrog Group, an employer-sponsored organization dedicated to hospital safety and transparency.

In his business career, Goldhill was president and CEO of GSN, which operates a US cable television network seen in 80 million homes and one of the world’s largest digital games companies. He previously served as president and COO of Universal Television Group, the largest division of Universal Studios. In this capacity, he oversaw all operations at the company’s domestic and international cable television networks, cable and network television studios, first-run syndication business and worldwide television distribution.

Goldhill was also chairman and CEO of Independent Network Holdings, Ltd. (INTH), which created and operated the TV3 television network in Russia. Prior, Goldhill was the CFO of Act III Communications, a privately-owned holding company with interests in television stations, movie theaters, magazines, and film/television production. He has served as Director of Commerce Hub (CHUBA), Expedia (EXPE), eLong (LONG), and numerous private companies.

Goldhill graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. degree in history and holds an M.A. degree in history from New York University.

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