Reader Jim Jaffe has written an excellent “prequel” to healthcare reform here.
He explains how we got where we are, and how and why the huge problem of over treatment was ignored for so long.
Readers who are relatively new to HealthBeat may find this background particularly helpful, especially if you are not sure what I or other readers are talking about when we talk about over treatment as the big problem, or refer to “the Dartmouth Research,” or the fact that “higher quality and lower spending go hand in hand.” (For example, as Jim points out, the Mayo Clinic offers higher quality care than many other hospitals, at a lower price. Patients undergo fewer tests and treatments, see fewer specialists and
both outcomes and patient satisfaction are higher. )
Anyone who reads HealthBeat will, I think, find something valuable in Jim’s post.