Friday, October 16, 2009

All in the family

Article describing Senate Democratic lunch described by one attendee as 'slightly less raucous than the town halls' in August. And stand alone bill coming to reinstate planned Medicare cuts to doctor payment rates. Thinking about the class in comparative health systems I teach at Duke, there is no example of a nation undertaking a large change in the health care financing of a nation without the docs being on board. Anneurin Bevan, father of the National Health Service in the U.K. is famously said to have answered the question of how he got the docs to go along with the founding of the NHS in 1947: "when they opened their mouths to protest, I stuffed them with gold."

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