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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Drake on Dysfunctional Hospitals

Responding to my comment that HHS might do more for IT in health care by getting hospitals to be better organized and managed, the following comment came in from David Drake, erstwhile AHA staff bigwig, now retired:
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I agree with your statement about hospital management and professionals, but if you expect a federal bureaucracy to fix it, you're dreaming. The federal government is the only organization in America that is more dysfunctional than hospitals--markets not bureaucracies provide organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Unfortunately, hospitals and most other health care organizations and providers don't compete in an effective marketplace because of the way government has screwed up health insurance with its tax system and federal health programs.

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