ES­SAYS ON RE­FORM

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“The main prob­lem ... is that health­care, as we prac­tice it, is too ex­pen­sive, and it has not got­ten less ex­pen­sive over time. Yet ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy in other in­dus­tries from cars to food to en­ergy have cre­ated well­doc­u­mented ef­fi­cien­cies that have en­abled the ‘bet­ter, faster, cheaper’ model to thrive. And nowhere is this as ap­par­ent as with com­put­ers. … The con­ven­tional wis­dom is that ‘health­care is to­tally dif­fer­ent and in­fin­itely more com­plex than any com­puter.’ I don’t to­tally dis­agree. ... But we do know a lot, and we have de­vel­oped many new ways of deal­ing with health prob­lems. How­ever, if we look at where we are and where we could be, there are a lot of po­ten­tial im­prove­ments that we are miss­ing out on, and that we are un­likely to achieve whether Congress passes health re­form or not.”

— David Gor­don

Dean for di­ver­sity and ca­reer de­vel­op­ment, Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Med­i­cal School, Ann Ar­bor

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