In his June 2009 New Yorker article, The Cost Conundrum: What a Texas town can teach us about health care, Atul Gawande (a surgeon himself) explores the reasons underlying the U.S.’s costly and dismal showing in the provision of health care. After talking with McAllen health providers he discovered,
The primary cause of McAllen’s extreme costs was, very simply, the across-the-board overuse of medicine.
But, why is this the case in McAllen and not in Rochester, MN? Gawande’s surprising conclusion may require the rethinking of everything we think we know about U.S. health care.
This is a must read for anyone concerned about the state of U.S. health care and its future.