This HND piece invokes an Oscar and Hammerstein song to comment on some of the findings of a recent study that tries to explain why public satisfaction with the healthcare system has been lower in the United States than in other high-income countries, for decades.
One finding of the study is that Americans are much more concerned about accessing their "most preferred care" than patients in the other countries. As is far too typical of "learned" studies of healthcare systems, the authors seem to care little about rather important—nay, fundamental—concepts. In this case, for example, just what constitutes "preferred care."
Ah, but they dare not pursue that question since that would get into the matter of outcomes measurement. Fortunately, we do dare to raise such topics.
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