David Goldhill

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David Goldhill is an American business executive and writer on healthcare policy. He is the founder and CEO of Sesame, an online marketplace for discounted health services serving uninsured patients and other direct pay customers. Sesame began operations in early 2019 in Kansas City[1].

Health care advocacy and writings[edit]

In September 2009, Goldhill was the author of the cover story in The Atlantic titled How American Health Care Killed My Father[2]. In the article and subsequent writings in The New Yorker, The New York Times, NPR and Forbes, Goldhill traced the problems in American health care to the intermediaries that serve as the primary customers – employers, insurance companies, and government insurers. Health care providers, he wrote, are more responsive to the needs of those bureaucracies than to the needs of patients. Though his writings focus on increasing the role of consumers and markets in driving health care innovation, Goldhill also argued that America’s highly politicized policy-making had led to extensive industry capture of Medicare, Medicaid, and other government health programs, warping their mission.

Goldhill is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Leapfrog Group, a national employer-sponsored organization dedicated to hospital and medical safety. [3]

Goldhill’s publications include:

  1. How American Health Care Killed My Father (The Atlantic, Sept 2009)[4]
  2. Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care Is Wrong (Knopf, 2013)[5]
  3. New York’s Next Health Care Revolution, co-edited with Paul Howard (Manhattan Institute 2015)[6]
  4. The Real Costs of American Health Care (Vintage 2016)[7]

Business career[edit]

Goldhill was the CEO of GSN[8], operator of the cable Game Show Network and one of the largest digital game businesses in the US. As chairman and CEO of INTH, he founded the TV3 Russia national broadcast network up to its sale to the Interros Group in 2007 for $650 million. Goldhill was the President and Chief Operating Officer of television for Universal Studios, up to its acquisition by GE in 2004. He was the Chief Financial Officer of Act III Communications, a private holding company in film and magazine production, movie theaters, and magazines.

Goldhill has served as Director for CommerceHub (CHUBA), Expedia (EXPE), and eLong (LONG).


Goldhill graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and holds a Master's degree in history from New York University.


  1. ^ "A $79 MRI? $29 teeth cleaning? Discount medical shopping site launches in Kansas City". The Kansas City Star. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  2. ^ Goldhill, David (2009-09-01). "How American Health Care Killed My Father". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  3. ^ "The Leapfrog Group Board of Directors". The Leapfrog Group. 2019-08-09. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  4. ^ Goldhill, David (2009-09-01). "How American Health Care Killed My Father". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  5. ^ "Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care Is Wrong | Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  6. ^ "New York's Next Health Care Revolution: How Public and Private Employers Can Empower Patients and Consumers". Manhattan Institute. 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  7. ^ "The Real Costs of American Health Care by David Goldhill | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  8. ^ GSN Corporate Archived 2010-03-09 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved October 21, 2009

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