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How Should Obama Reform Health Care? || Atul Gawande, MD - 0 views

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    In every industrialized nation, the movement to reform health care has begun with stories about cruelty. The Canadians had stories like the 1946 Toronto Globe and Mail report of a woman in labor who was refused help by three successive physicians, apparently because of her inability to pay. In Australia, a 1954 letter published in the Sydney Morning Herald sought help for a young woman who had lung disease. She couldn't afford to refill her oxygen tank, and had been forced to ration her intake "to a point where she is on the borderline of death." In Britain, George Bernard Shaw was at a London hospital visiting an eminent physician when an assistant came in to report that a sick man had arrived requesting treatment. "Is he worth it?" the physician asked. It was the normality of the question that shocked Shaw and prompted his scathing and influential 1906 play, "The Doctor's Dilemma." The British health system, he charged, was "a conspiracy to exploit popular credulity and human suffering."
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Health Reform in Massachusetts: An Update on Insurance Coverage and Support for Reform... - 0 views

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    Given the success of the coverage expansion, Massachusetts policymakers are turning to the next phase of health reform - reigning in health care costs.
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Medical Education Reform || Patient-Centered Learning vs. Institution-Centered Learning - 0 views

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    A non-institutional, patient-centered educational plan would produce an abundant supply of compassionate, innovative, prevention-oriented doctors at an extremely low cost. Additionally, the pace of medical research would be sharply accelerated.
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Exploring Alternatives in Medical Education || Medical School Reform - 0 views

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    Conservatively speaking, there are thousands of people with chronic illnesses who have educated themselves about their conditions via the internet. They quickly managed to become more familiar with their diseases than the physicians who treat them.
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Medical Education Reform: Patient-Centered Learner, Lowered Costs--True Healthcare Reform - 0 views

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    Patient Centered Learning: The solution is to permit alternatives to rigid institutions, utilize free internet programs, and have medical students assist practicing physicians by assisting practicing physicians in taking patient histories. These students would offer valuable, free services to doctors. At the same time, they would have a vivid learning experience by spending several hours each day interacting with actual patients.

    The Cost Of Medical Education Would Be Negligible. The expense of healthcare is directly proportional to the cost of the doctor's education. With the institutional bottleneck gone, there would be a greater number of doctors, and the cost of healthcare would plummet.
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How hospitalists can provide high quality patient care at the lowest possible cost. Bob... - 0 views

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    Can health care organizations and physicians be incented to deliver the highest quality, safest, most reliable, most patient-centric care at the lowest possible cost without Atul Gawande reading the findings of the Dartmouth Atlas into the Congressional Record? I think they can, if they have a strong hospitalist program.
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Piper Report |:| Medicare, Medicaid, Pharma, Health Reform, and More - 0 views

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    Blog on Medicare, Medicaid, pharma, biotech, health reform, and more. Insights and resources on hot issues. Authored by a health care strategist, speaker, and writer. Expert on Medicare, Medicaid, and pharma, biotech, and device industries
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The Tragedy of the Commons Revisited | Health Care Reform 2009 - 0 views

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    Providers, payers, and patients - do what is in their best interest without concern for cost or effectiveness. This focus is appealing in the short run but leads to a destructive endgame.
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