RSS

A History Lesson

08 Apr

Atul Gawande has an excellent short piece in the April 5 issue of the New Yorker magazine that details the fight that ensued in the wake of Medicare’s passage. It’s instructive, because it highlights that passing a health reform bill into law is not the end of the struggle, but merely the mark of a transition.

As Gawande outlines, there are a lot of similarities and a lot of differences between the passage of Medicare in 1965 and the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. The ultimate deciding factor, he suggests, is how reform is actually implemented. If front line clinicians don’t do their part to help bring costs under control, the effort will likely be billed as a failure. On the other hand, if clinicians take some initiative, it is likely that this latest reform will become a success and in due course will be viewed through the rose colored glasses of history as Medicare is today.

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on April 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: