Monday, July 27, 2009

Patient Outcomes? What Patient Outcomes?

At a recent Health Care Forum held in Mount Vernon (great event, and congrats to the organizers and panel members!), many references were made to a recent New Yorker article on the subject. It's by Atul Gawande, author of the eye-opening Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science.

In "The Cost Conundrum", published by the New Yorker on June 1, 2009, Gawande challenges us to look, not at where funding for health care will come, but on patient outcomes, on how effectively the money is spent. He gives us a new focus, backed up by lots of facts and figures. It's worth reading, and when you do, please add some comments. I'd love to know what you think.

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