2021 Excellence in Healthcare Honoree: Michael Swartz
Meet Michael Swartz, President of Health Karma
Michael Swartz is a 29-year old entrepreneur and President of Health Karma. Since losing his health insurance after moving to New York City and experiencing the confusion surrounding trying to navigate the health care system, Michael has been on a continuing journey to help consumers make sense of health care.
Favorite Quote: “Some people want it to happen, some people wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan
Fun Fact: I am a competitive pickleball player.
What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? Like anybody else, I have faced many challenges throughout my career. But one thing that has helped me overcome a lot of these challenges has been my belief that each challenge is an opportunity to learn and grow.
What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? Launching Health Karma and looking around and seeing how the team has grown and the culture that has been built.
How is the healthcare industry important to you personally? The healthcare industry should be important to everyone because it truly is a fundamental piece to a well-functioning society. Up until now, the industry has not been up to the American standard, which is why I feel that I have an obligation to not only make healthcare better for everyone in America but also for myself.
How did the pandemic disrupt your specific role in the healthcare industry, and how did you adapt? COVID-19 has changed America’s perception of digital healthcare solutions. It has helped to create trust in online healthcare platforms to educate and deliver services. This has created an even greater opportunity for Health Karma to become a leader in digital healthcare management.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
What do you love most about working in healthcare? The endless amount of problems to solve. And by solving some of these problems, you can potentially make a positive impact on the lives of many Americans across this nation.