Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Readings on Health Care

Hospital room (Denmark, 2005)Image via Wikipedia

If you want to really understand the sad -- deplorable, actually -- state of health care in Salem, Oregon, and the US, you need more than your own impressions and the messages the corporate media want to feed you. Here are a few of the best things out there:
  1. Dr. Atul Gawande's "The Cost Conundrum" New Yorker article

  2. Dr. Nortin Hadler's "The Last Well Person: How to stay well despite the health care system"

  3. Dr. Jerry Avorn's "Powerful Medicine: The benefits, risks and costs of prescription drugs" and, last but not least

  4. Shannon Brownlee's "Overtreated: Why too much medicine is making us sicker and poorer."
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