Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Risky Business

This morning’s Boston Globe carried an article announcing the plan of the Massachusetts General Hospital to open a new orthopedics surgery center in the suburb of Waltham. The initial investment is estimated at about $10 million.

The article quoted MGH’s administrative director for orthopedics as saying that about 10 of its 30 orthopedic surgeons had agreed to move some of their cases to Waltham.

Can you imagine any other kind of business undertaking a new venture that depended for its success on the voluntary and continuing participation of 30 corporately and financially independent individuals?

And we wonder why our health care system is thought to be inefficient.

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