Shannon Brownlee is senior vice president of the Lown Institute, a nonpartisan public policy think tank based in Boston. She is also cofounder of the Right Care Alliance, a network of physicians, nurses, patients, and community activists advocating for a transformed and uniquely American health care system.
Two new books show how access to health care is only part of the problem.
Republican reform plans misdiagnose the problem. The solution is better care for the minority of patients who drive most of the spending.
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s public health G-men got smoking out of restaurants, trans fats out of foods, and calorie counts onto menus. The rest of the country soon followed.
How Medicare and other federal subsidies rope the elderly into painful, futile, and costly end-of-life care.
HOSPITAL ERROR….Two large studies, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that cutting the grueling work hours of doctors-in-training had little effect on reducing hospital errors and patient deaths. Surprised? So were the researchers who did the studies. There are three possible explanations. One, most errors aren’t caused by groggy, sleep-deprived,… Read more »