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“The truth is that we may not be spend­ing more (on health)—it all de­pends on what you count. ... We broad­ened the scope of tra­di­tional health­care in­dus­try analy­ses to in­clude spend­ing on so­cial ser­vices, like rent sub­si­dies, em­ploy­ment-train­ing pro­grams, un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits, old-age pen­sions, fam­ily sup­port and other ser­vices that can ex­tend and im­prove life. … Our study found that coun­tries with high health­care spend­ing rel­a­tive to so­cial spend­ing had lower life ex­pectancy and higher in­fant mor­tal­ity than coun­tries that fa­vored so­cial spend­ing.”

—Yale re­searchers El­iz­a­beth Bradley and Lauren Tay­lor in the New York Times “CMS is ground zero in the on­go­ing strug­gle to en­sure qual­ity health­care for all Amer­i­cans at a cost that in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, busi­nesses and govern­ment can af­ford. If you were de­sign­ing from scratch the hu­man be­ing best suited to steer the cru­cial work of the CMS, you might very well have come up with Dr. Don­ald Berwick. Nat­u­rally, Repub­li­cans had to get rid of him. … It was a case of too much com­pe­tence and not enough ide­ol­ogy. … It’s dis­heart­en­ing that dys­func­tional Washington got only about a year of Dr. Berwick’s en­light­ened ded­i­ca­tion to re­form. The only con­so­la­tion is that he and other like-minded pro­fes­sion­als con­tinue their work, both within and out­side the Belt­way.”

— St. Louis Post-dis­patch

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