Saturday, January 24, 2009
Atul Gawande and Health Care Reform
I am happy to share my Saturday morning reading with the readers of EverythingHealth. The New Yorker featured Dr. Atul Gawande, one of the most astute and interesting physician writers of our time.
Dr. Gawande makes the case that health care reform and changes in the system are never successful with a "complete overhaul". He says a master plan for change will not work because there are so many entrenched systems that are working for "some" people. We have Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration, private insurance, government insurance for government workers, employer sponsored insurance and prescription drug plans.
He says we should build upon what we have got but keep striving for better and better. The first ambition, of course, is universal coverage so everyone can receive health care and no-one goes bankrupt because they get cancer.
So go get yourself a cup of tea and read this article!
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 1:33 PM