Health care ideas worth discussion

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/01/24/110124fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all

This is a very long article, and I started skimming at some point, and you can get his idea pretty quickly–that we would actually save money by providing better care to those who need it most. It is a bit counter intuitive, and born out by the facts and people doing it. For me, it is good evidence to counter those who decry any kind of universal coverage because they think then they’d have to pay for people who went to the doctor all the time and took advantage of the system.
If nothing else, if we really want the whole system to save money and reduce costs (what I would call real reform, doing it all in a way that provides better care cheaper, rather than simply cutting benefits and transferring more of the burden to the poor and middle class, which is what Paul Ryan’s plan and all of the Republican plans would do) then we have to look to people doing innovative things such as are described here and see if they can work on a larger scale.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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