Monday, October 16, 2006

Fixing American Health Care

I want to digress from our usual themes and suggest that you read a thought-provoking but thoroughly depressing article by Matthew Holt of The Health Care Blog called Why Is Fixing American Health Care So Difficult? His article is part of Prescription for Change, a weeklong series by ABC News and USA Today (separately).

I don’t share Mr. Holt’s implicit view that we should nationalize the health care system. However, I do like the way he highlights the important macro tradeoffs that will lock us into the current system for the foreseeable future.

On a lighter note, feel free to upload a video to ABC News if you have a solution that will “fix health care in America.” (Click the link -- this is a not a joke.)

The best solution will be chosen by Patrick Dempsey and Katharine Heigl from ABC’s hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. The winner gets to be Mark McClellan’s permanent replacement as Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (Bonus points if your DVD collection includes the "smart and sexy romantic comedy about the pharmaceutical industry" that starred Ms. Heigl.)


  1. Matthew HoltOctober 16, 2006

    I sadly sat through and exposed some friends to (most of) that film after they sent mea preview edition...

    I agree with the premise (basically that pharma marketing is crooked), I think Ms Heigl is hot and engaging, and it is a topic I love.

    I can without reservation say that it was the worst film I have ever seen!

  2. HA! I own the DVD but haven't had time to watch it. Personally, I think pharma gets unfairly trashed in the movies. Remember Harrison Ford in "The Fugitive?" The ending -- two surgeons having a fist fight on a rooftop -- was especially hilarious!

  3. Matthew HoltOctober 16, 2006

    Yeah, but that one was a great movie. The pharma sales one was so bad that I've forgotten the name, and I hope I never remember it.


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