Today is the tenth anniversary of Health Care Renewal.
To commemorate, I have republished our introductory post...(with links added)
Health care around the world is beset by rising costs, declining access,
stagnant quality, and increasingly dissatisfied health care
professionals. Discussions with physicians and other professionals
revealed pervasive concerns that the core values of health care are
under seige. Patients and physicians are caught in cross-fires between
conflicting interests, and subject to perverse incentives. Free speech
and academic freedom are threatened. Psuedo-science and anti-science
are gaining ground. Causes include the increasing dominance of health
care by large organizations, often lead by the ill-informed, the
self-interested, and even the corrupt. (1) However, such concentration
and abuse of power in health care has rarely been discussed openly.
This blog is dedicated to the open discussion of health care's current
dysfunction with the hopes of generating its cures.
1. Poses RM. A cautionary tale: The dysfunction of American health care. Eur J Int Med 2003; 14: 123-130.
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