Stephen Shortell: what can we learn from the US health system?

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  • Posted:Thursday 04 April 2013

Stephen Shortell, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Berkeley, discusses which features of the US health system offer the most promising improvements for world health, including quality and cost measures and the innovation created by the fragmented health care system in the US.

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07 April 2013
Mr Shortell seems like a very nice man, but sadly there is very little the rest of the world can learn from the morass in the US called the "health care system". The "innovations" Mr Shortell mentions especially those to do with pricing are desperate attempts to deal with the out of control costs of this system, which involves competing parts of the health industry fighting for the money, with the patient put last. Figuring out an "actual" cost or price for any particular procedure is about impossible. Read Uwe Reinhardt's recent blog post in the New York Times.

If there is anything to learn from the way things are done in the US it is how NOT to do health care.

What I really fear is that the NHS has had a strong push in this direction.

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