The Sym-Phoney of Health Care

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  • 10/01/2007
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Last week, at the 2007 Georgia Health Care Symposium, I shared the podium with, among others, former HHS Secretary, Dr. Louis Sullivan and Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

Dr.Sullivan spoke eloquently on the need for a "symphony” of health care. I spoke, bluntly, about a “sym-phoney” of health care as defined by the three biggest lies in American health care:

* That cost is more important than care (and government know better than physicians what’s best for patients)

* That we use too many medicines (and it’s acceptable to let politics trump public health)

* That we have too many medicines (the myth of me-tooism)

My main point was (and is) that focusing on Practice Variation over Patient Variation neuters physicians and makes them nothing more than Medo-Crats.

The event was hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and captured on video by The complete seminar can be found by clicking on this link:

It’s “must think” TV.

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