Healthcare and the Tailor Shop

If you want to understand why healthcare is such dire straits, Atul Gawande’s essay in The New Yorker is a great place to start.

My mother slaved in a tailor shop most of her career. She got paid for how many things she stitched in a given day. Guess what, that is how doctors and hospitals get paid. Is it any wonder why there is redundant testing and waste in the system? The incentives are all wrong.

What is great about this article is how a simple question of what should a newly minted surgeon make per year dived into an incredible essay about the healthcare system. Read every word and shake your head in disgust then try to figure out how any of the reform movements afoot will solve any of this.