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SONG: Healthcare’s Dystopia: A Patient’s Lament

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Healthcare Dystopia: A Patient’s Lament

To the tune of “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet

Fast food is easy

Watch too much TV

Should exercise more but I can’t find the time

Diabetes scares me

Trackin’ my A1C

Need to do better while still in my prime


Wastin’ away in healthcare’s dystopia

Lookin’ for real value anywhere

Some people claim that no-one’s to blame

But I know that it’s partly my fault


Skippin’ prescriptions

Gives me conniptions

Making ends meet is a terrible strain

My health plan is crappy

It keeps me unhappy 

Its high deductible drives me insane


Wastin’ away in healthcare’s dystopia

Lookin’ for real value anywhere

Providers claim that the payers are to blame

But I know that they’re both at fault


I wrecked up my old car

Wound up in the E.R.

Treatment and rehab made me so blue

The bill was ten pages

More than my wages 

What I’ll do now, I haven’t a clue


Wastin’ away in healthcare’s dystopia

Lookin’ for real value anywhere

Payers claim that the providers are to blame

But I know, it’s the whole system’s fault


Yes, and some people claim that no-one’s to blame

But I know, it’s the damn system’s fault

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About the 4sight Health Author
David W. Johnson CEO

David Johnson is the CEO of 4sight Health, a thought leadership and advisory company working at the intersection of strategy, economics, innovation and capital formation. Dave wakes up every morning trying to fix America’s broken healthcare system. Prior to founding 4sight Health in 2014, Dave had a long and successful career in healthcare investment banking. He is a graduate of Colgate University and earned a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

Employing his knowledge and experience in health policy, economics, statistics, behavioral finance, disruptive innovation, organizational change and complexity theory, Dave writes and speaks on pro-market healthcare reform. His first book Market vs. Medicine: America’s Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare, and his second book, The Customer Revolution in Healthcare: Delivering Kinder, Smarter, Affordable Care for All (McGraw-Hill 2019), are available for purchase on

John Zam Troubadour

John is our favorite piano man, a consummate entertainer with a fabulous voice and incredible piano skills. At 4sight Health, music is one of our cultural touchstones, an entrée into serious, even wonky concepts. As our troubadour, John brings to life David Johnson’s alternate lyrics to well-known songs.

John entertained Chicago audiences for more than 20 years at the famed Redhead Piano Bar, other intimate entertainment spaces, luxury hotels and restaurants. He studied music at Northwestern University, and pivoted his communication degree and PR work to performance. Original artists from Billy Joel to Metallica have complimented him on his live covers of their songs and he’s been covered in the WSJ, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times.