Assessing President Obama's Health Care Speech and Ideas for Reform
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This week on the JOURNAL, public health expert Dr. Jim Yong Kim, who is also the incoming president of Dartmouth College, spoke with Bill Moyers about his vision of health and educational reforms for a better future. Dr. Kim commented on President Obama’s health care speech and the Republican response, and offered his suggestions for reforms that would benefit America’s dysfunctional medical system.
“As a speech, it was really stunning and masterful... But what was most interesting to me was the Republican response afterwards, and how many things that they seem to agree on... One, everyone should have health insurance. Two, we need to lower costs. Three, we need to maintain quality, [and four,] that the expenditures right now in health care, especially public expenditures, are unsustainable... There's no simple solution to this problem... For many, many years, we've been working under the fantasy that if we come up with new drugs and new treatments, we're done [and] the rest of the system will take care of itself... What we've learned about organizations is that it is very difficult to get a complex organization, a group of people, to work consistently toward a goal... What we need now is a whole new cadre of people who understand the science, who really are committed to patient care, but then also think about how to make those human systems work effectively.”
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