Gawande on Cowboys and Pit Crews
One of you will be the first institution, to lower healthcare costs. It hasn't happened yet."
In closing, he offered a personal anecdote to illustrate the seriousness of the problem:
"My son was having trouble at school, and I was upset that he was stuck in a class of 30 where he was getting lost. So I approached the school superintendant after a school board meeting and asked what he was doing to lower class size. He said, 'do you know what I spend most of my time doing? Figuring out how to fight rising healthcare costs.'"
"Oh, I said. The system had a cap on taxes and so had to take from other areas to pay for healthcare. I operated on one of the teachers there for lymphoma. She's doing well, but I realized she and I were one of the reasons costs were going up so fast for the school system. The choice should not be whether my son gets enough time or whether that teacher gets great lymphoma care.
Philip Betbeze is senior leadership editor with HealthLeaders Media.
- Antibiotic Overuse a 'Huge Threat' to Patient Safety, Says CDC
- 3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal
- Consumerism Drives Healthcare Branding, Rebranding Efforts
- CHS Hacked, 4.5M Patient Records Compromised
- PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity
- Business Roundup: M&A Activity Down Slightly in First Half of 2014
- CFO Exchange: Healthcare Leaders Share 5 Innovative Ideas
- Large Employers Trimming Healthcare Spending
- CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol
- 3 Things the Ice Bucket Challenge Can Teach Hospital Marketers