A Distinctly American Health Care System


By Joe Campbell
July 21st, 2009

Jacob Weisberg in Slate has an interesting take on health care systems as reflecting the society of which they are a large part. The piece is worth checking out. Here’s his short description of America’s health care:

America’s evolved, undesigned system is also an expression of our culture at its best and it worst. Health care in the United States is innovative, entrepreneurial, expensive, litigious, and wasteful. It is decentralized, driven by self-interest, excellent at the high end, and increasingly unequal. It resists acknowledging trade-offs or limits and is characterized by shocking gaps in basic care.

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