Farming and how to contain health costs: Atul Gawande

Could the guy be a better writer? Answer, no. He takes the concepts inherent in health policy and makes them understandable. Gawande’s latest New Yorker article concerns health care costs. He relates the plan to contain costs and improve quality in the health bills to the successful attempt to do the same in American farming in the early part of the last century. The major hero? Those government bureaucrats, the agriculture extension agents (take a bow, NC State and the excellent NC Cooperative Extension service). Read this and get a sense of the success we can have at improving care and containing costs as long as we are willing to work hard and realize there isn’t any magic bullet out there.

3 Comments

  1. AdamL

    December 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    As the son of an integrated pest management specialist with the NC Cooperative Extension Service I appreciate the shout out.

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  3. EBB

    December 16, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I liked his article and the farming analogy. However, one difference I see is that the farmers of yore were not accountable to Wall Street.