Quality of healthcare

Changing Healthcare: Should Doctors be Paid by Quality of Care?

Last month the Obama administration announced that they want to restructure physician compensation in America: The Obama administration on Monday announced an ambitious goal to overhaul the way doctors are paid, tying their fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity. Rather than pay more money to Medicare doctors simply for every procedure they perform, the government will also evaluate whether patients are healthier, among other measures. The goal is for […]

Atul Gawande Being Mortal

Dr. Atul Gawande on Medicine and Being Mortal

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End  by Atul Gawande I first heard about Dr. Atul Gawande while watching a collection of TEDTalks focused on improving the future of healthcare. While many of the other speakers had interesting views on the direction of medicine, Gawande was one of the few interested in tackling the simple aspects often overlooked. In particular was his introduction of a checklist for all surgical procedures, which has become famous since his […]

Changing Healthcare: Is Technology Ruining Patient Centered Care?

You’ve had a sore throat for weeks. Your nose has been stuffy, your eyes water, and your ears are so clogged with wax that you can barely hear. You’ve noticed some discharge on your pillow in the mornings. You go to your general practitioner. You sit in the waiting room for half an hour and then it takes another thirty minutes once you’ve been called back to see the doctor. He looks at you for five minutes, types […]

Changing Healthcare in America: The Whitehall Studies

With all the talk recently of the Affordable Care Act and the changing state of healthcare in America it’s important that we observe the large number of studies that already exist on different systems of healthcare. While I believe that everyone should have equal access to healthcare, and that it should be affordable, universal coverage will not be the end all be all. Too many people seem to have the misconception that the lack of access […]