The author here is amazingly influential (couple of wonderful books I strongly recommend; both are short, accessible and packed with insight: “Complications” and “Better”). Doctor in Boston and New Yorker’s health correspondent for years. Has spent lots of time with the Clinton and Obama crowds.
Annals of Medicine: The Cost Conundrum (The New Yorker)
What a Texas town can teach us about health care.
By Atul Gawande
June 1, 2009
It is spring in McAllen, Texas. The morning sun is warm. The streets are lined with palm trees and pickup trucks. McAllen is in Hidalgo County, which has the lowest household income in the country, but it’s a border town, and a thriving foreign-trade zone has kept the unemployment rate below ten per cent. McAllen calls itself the Square Dance Capital of the World. “Lonesome Dove” was set around here.