From The Atlantic on Health Care Reform

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I don’t remember if I had linked this previously or not, but it’s worth linking again at any rate.  If you are at all interested in the health care reform debate and its consequences, then you should take a few moments to read this article written by a man whose father’s death after a long hospital stay has approached the health care industry from a business perspective.

I’m a businessman, and in no sense a health-care expert. But the persistence of bad industry practices—from long lines at the doctor’s office to ever-rising prices to astonishing numbers of preventable deaths—seems beyond all normal logic, and must have an underlying cause. There needs to be a business reason why an industry, year in and year out, would be able to get away with poor customer service, unaffordable prices, and uneven results—a reason my father and so many others are unnecessarily killed.

I will add that every doctor that I know of who has gone to a cash practice has had a lower rate of increase for treatment costs over time and does the same quality of work or better with fewer staff members.

via How American Health Care Killed My Father – The Atlantic (September 2009).

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