Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Different Take On The Healthcare Debate

Regular readers of this blog (do such individuals even exist?) know that where I stand on the health care debate: quite firmly on the single-payer side. However, I submit to your attention this article, written for the New Yorker magazine by Atul Gawande, himself a surgeon, who offers what amounts to an honest and factual analysis of different examples of quantitative-based and qualitative-based health care. It has been quite an eye-opening read for me in that it underscores the fact that the problems with health care quality, access, and delivery go beyond who writes (or refuses to write) the check for services rendered.

Another article speaks about the troubling exclusion of single-payer advocates from the "the debate to revamp the nation's troubled health system".

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