Atul Gawande of the Harvard School of Medicine outlines what he sees as the major lessons about American healthcare. According to Gawande, the public policy debate about whether society should pursue the goal of universal healthcare coverage is over, and the consensus is that we should. Coverage for everyone, he says, is the fulfillment of a moral demand. The remaining question is how to achieve it within the context of a healthcare system that is still broken. According to Gawande, one way to begin fixing healthcare is to look to data to help identify ineffective practices and policies. Understanding the cases of the sickest patients, he says, is how we can fix our healthcare system.
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