Shannon Brownlee is senior vice president of the Lown Institute and a visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is co-founder of the Right Care Alliance, a network of activist patients, clinicians, and community leaders. Brownlee is author of Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, which she published while serving as acting director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation. She is a nationally recognized writer and essayist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Times of London, Time, and others.
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"The history of how the American Health Care System grew is not one of order, it's one of sort of haphazard chaos" - Shannon Brownlee
Republican reform plans misdiagnose the problem. The solution is better care for the minority of patients who drive most of the spending.
We call health care “the hidden thief” because it is one of the main reasons that average people have not seen their wages go up appreciably in the last 25 years.
In her new book, Overtreated, author Shannon Brownlee argues that overuse of high-tech tests and unnecessary hospital stays result in a less efficient, more costly health care system. She says the economics of health care are upside-down and could possibly be hazardous to patients.
Making better use of health care labor force is the key to improving productivity in the sector. This paper looks first at sources of low productivity in health care, and then examines the implications for future health care workforce needs.
With Congress ready to spend $700 billion to prop up the U.S. economy, enacting health-care reform may seem about as likely as the Dow hitting 10,000 again before the end of the year. But it may be more doable than you think, provided we dispel a few myths about how health care works and how much reform Americans are willing to stomach.
Models for reform are out there. Hospitals that don’t use the fee-for-service model, like those run by the Veterans Health Administration, are already getting better results for less money. They closely track their performance — that is, the health of their patients — and motivate employees to improve it.