What is Quality in Health Care ?

We argue about health care……rationing, Obamacare, socialism – creeping or otherwise – the “market”, personal responsibility, and so forth.

But there are ways to have a discussion about what we want for ourselves and – more importantly – for those we love.

So I propose we start a discussion as to the nature of quality healthcare.  If we can identify what makes delivered healthcare high quality, we can then discuss how to provide it.

Interested ?  If so please comment below.  I will respond.

I encourage disagreement.

Here is my first comment:

High quality health care has several characteristics:

1. It minimizes unwanted variation;

2. It involves patients and their families;

3. It is evidence based / best practice driven;

4. Preventable complications are driven out of the system.

Comments ?

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1. Gentle Readers – A brief editorial written by colleagues and me related to the abuse of the Commons by unbridled capitalism.

Yes, we live in a capitalist country, but without proper regulation “..the weak become the meat that the strong will eat…”. And this means all of us.  All.

This is NOT Quality.

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The Tragedy of the Commons – Drug Shortages and Our Patients’ Health

 

https://ajlayon.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/the-tragedy-of-the-commons-drug-shortages-and-our-patients-health-the-american-journal-of-medicine-blog

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Coming soon……….The Republican Plan to Repeal the ACA — Be Very Afraid

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