Over the years we have tried to avoid mixing health care policy with patient safety issues. Sometimes that is unavoidable. Our “May 2009 What's New in the Patient Safety World” column touched on several issues that are crucial to health care reform and also impact patient safety. This month we want to point out for you one of the best essays on what is needed in health care reform: David Goldhill‘s article in The Atlantic “How American Health Care Killed My Father”. It is a remarkable businessman’s perspective on the real root causes of our failing health care system and why we can’t fix it without a major structural overhaul. Definitely worth reading.
Goldhill D. How American Health Care Killed My Father. The Atlantic September 2009