Patients in the U.S. health-​​care system are lost like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” said Evan Falchuk, pres­i­dent and chief oper­ating officer of Best Doctors.

The global orga­ni­za­tion pro­vides an employee health ben­efit that helps patients make med­ical deci­sions with aid from med­ical experts.

Nav­i­gating through the health-​​care system is like going down the yellow brick road,” he told some 60 mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity last week, as part of a series of pre­sen­ta­tions on health-​​care reform. “Spending only 15 min­utes with your doctor is the same as being with the scarecrow.”

The event, held in Northeastern’s Alumni Center, was part of Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week, a show­case for Northeastern’s entre­pre­neurial focus. The Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences and Health Sci­ence Entre­pre­neurs, an alumni group ded­i­cated to fos­tering entre­pre­neur­ship in the rapidly evolving world of health care, spon­sored the evening.

Falchuk called the cur­rent health-​​care system “mis­guided,” citing lim­ited access, short visits with doc­tors and poor quality of care. Fif­teen to 20 per­cent of patients receive incor­rect diag­noses, he said, and 30 cents of every dollar spent on health care pays for med­ical treat­ments that are unnec­es­sary, inef­fec­tive or harmful.

Our biggest obstacle to good care is the amount of time doc­tors and nurses spend with patients,” said Falchuk, a pro­po­nent of concierge medicine—or direct care—in which the patient pays an annual fee to see his or her doctor.

He favors a “com­pre­hen­sive care set­ting,” in which patients know their med­ical his­tory, have access to all of their med­ical records and are knowl­edge­able enough to ask appro­priate ques­tions about their health.

How do we do that?” he said.

Pan­elist Donald Dempsey, senior vice pres­i­dent of the Mar­wood Group, a health-​​care advi­sory and finan­cial ser­vices firm, gave a com­pre­hen­sive overview of health– care reform law.

More than $500 bil­lion will be spent on health care over the next 10 years, he said. By 2019, 95 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion will have health insurance.

Health-​​care providers sup­port reform because health-​​care spending will go up over the next decade,” he said. “Money is going to be flowing to hos­pi­tals and physi­cian companies.”

The polit­ical land­scape, more than any­thing else, could shape the future of health care in the United States, said Dempsey.

If a Repub­lican is elected pres­i­dent in 2012, he said, the new health-​​care law “may be gutted.”

Pan­elist Karen Nelson, senior vice pres­i­dent of clin­ical affairs for the Mass­a­chu­setts Hos­pital Asso­ci­a­tion, said new tech­nology, such as wire­less sensing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion devices for the human heart, is becoming more impor­tant to patients, physi­cians and nurses.

As for health care-​​related appli­ca­tions, such as web-​​based sup­port groups and graphic lab results, “the sky’s the limit,” she said.