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Reading List: Leemore Dafny and Stephen Swensen

Article · July 12, 2017

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We asked NEJM Catalyst Thought Leaders to tell us the books and articles that have been “game-changers” for them — the ones that have really affected the way they think about health care and their jobs. Here’s what they said. See all entries here.

 

From Leemore Dafny

The Cost Conundrum, A. Gawande, The New Yorker, June 2009.

From the article: “Our country’s health care is by far the most expensive in the world. . . . Spending on doctors, hospitals, drugs, and the like now consumes more than one of every six dollars we earn. The financial burden has damaged the global competitiveness of American businesses and bankrupted millions of families, even those with insurance.”

“God Help You. You’re On Dialysis”, R. Fields, The Atlantic, December 2010.

From the article: “Every year, more than 100,000 Americans start dialysis. One in four of them will die within 12 months — a fatality rate that is one of the worst in the industrialized world. Oh, and dialysis arguably costs more here than anywhere else.”

Contributed by: Leemore Dafny, PhD, MBA Class of 1960 Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

 

From Stephen Swensen

Eliminating Waste in US Health Care, D. Berwick, JAMA, April 2012.

Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family, B. Chapman & R. Sisodia, Penguin Random House, October 2015.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, D. Pink, Penguin Random House, April 2011.

From the abstract: “The need is urgent to bring US health care costs into a sustainable range for both public and private payers. Commonly, programs to contain costs use cuts, such as reductions in payment levels, benefit structures, and eligibility. A less harmful strategy would reduce waste, not value-added care. The opportunity is immense.”

Contributed by: Stephen Swensen, MD, MMM, FACR, Medical Director for Professionalism and Peer Support at Intermountain Healthcare

 

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