June 14th, 2011
Posted by Patti Doherty, R.N.
In the U.S., we pay more than $800 billion a year for healthcare yet the World Health Organization (WHO) ranks us 37th out of 191 countries in terms of healthcare “performance.” This is what Charles Denham, M.D., chair and founder of Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT), was talking about when he spoke of “islands of greatness in a sea of risk” during the Cleveland Clinic Health Care Quality Innovation Summit I attended last month.
As Dr. Denham explained: In the U.S., we have access to the best technology. Doctors and nurses come here from all over the world to train because we have several institutions of excellence where they learn to perform special procedures with precision and care. At the same time, we have a failed and fragmented healthcare system with extreme variations in quality of care.
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