Seth Godin's blog provides access to a publication by Tom Peters with a section called "reboot health care." As someone who knows too much about the inner workings of health care -- I say AMEN! (except I don't agree with #2).
Here is what Mr. Peters says:
To begin with...everybody is pissed off! Everybody is at fault! Consider:
1. We must get quality-conscious. Fact: As a result of physician arrogance and outdated procedures, our ot-of-control health care system unnecessarily (!) kills and maims millions per year. (no exaggeration.)
2. Spoiled patients "expect it all" -- and take little responsibility for the rationing of health care.
3. The entire system is skewed (somebody help me find a stronger word!) toward fixing things (!) after they're broken, rather than toward wellness and prevention.
4. Narrowing the focus to America, I believe its a criminal shame that a third of us are uninsured -- in earth's wealthies (by far!) nation.
Bottom line: There is an enormous opportunity to "get the health/health care quality/wellness/universal access/rationing 'thing' right." One hopes it will streak to the top of the national agenda -- especially as our 80 million cantankerous Boomers experience teh acceleration of aches and pains.