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Dr Donald Berwick

Chronicle of Health Creation: The Shadow in Berwick's Call for a 'Moral Era' for Medicine

John Weeks | Posted 03.18.2017 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The shocking shadow lurking in Berwick's "moral era" made me recall the names of the cascade of reform activities on the way to this reckoning -- and of the shadow each holds. Can this call to purpose rein in the beast?

Brits Think We're Nuts for Believing Our Health System Is Better Than Theirs

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

When I was an industry PR guy, I was part of a never-ending effort to defame the NHS, usually by citing a few anecdotes about Brits who claimed to endure long waits for needed care. The industry's propaganda got little resistance from the media or the American public.

Massachusetts Chooses a Governor: Implications for Us All

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a pediatrician in some of Boston's lowest-income neighborhoods, I saw firsthand how a child's health is determined by far more than medicine -- it is the air they breathe, the streets they play in, the safety of their communities, their opportunities for a good education, the economic stability of their family. Simply put, doctors can't fulfill their mission in communities affected by inequality and unfairness. Health requires justice for all. That's what makes me want to run for governor.

Berwick Report Emphasizes Learning, Empathy; Not Punishment

Helen Riess, M.D. | Posted 10.15.2013 | Science
Helen Riess, M.D.

What happened at Mid Staffordshire Hospital was almost the perfect storm. Combine an absence of leadership and an over-focus on cost-cutting, and to that add discouraged staff, and you have all the ingredients for disaster.

Does Anyone Know What's Going on Here?

Tom Deegan | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Tom Deegan

How much imagination would it have taken to integrate the prospective changes in the way healthcare will be delivered and diseases prevented by ObamaCare into the already existing system of compulsory learning?

Want to Help Fix Health Care? Start by Watching a Movie Tonight

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

You'd think that the country that spends the most on health care -- that would be us -- would have the world's best health outcomes. Far from it. Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare describes how health care in America has turned into a business.

Escape to the Movies This Weekend to See How We Can Create the World's Best Health System

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you want to get a clearer understanding not only of why the U.S. health care system fails so many of us but, more importantly, how we can transform it to make it the best in the world, go to the movies this weekend.

Marcus Welby, M.D. Had it Right: House Calls Save Money and Improve Care

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

We clearly need more doctors who see the wisdom of going back to the future to deliver care in the setting that makes the most economic and humane sense -- the home.

Compassion & Choices Membership: Something to be Proud Of

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

It's a new experience for Compassion and Choices to occupy the center of a partisan battle. The issues our clients confront are certainly not exclusive to one political party or another.

Waiting For the Reforms--U.S. Health Care Gets Failing Grades

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

While we await the hoped for improvements in the health care reforms, the latest news about the irrational, fragmented and profit driven American health care system is not good.

Dr. Berwick's Test Results are Positive: Palin is a Whack Job

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Dr. Berwick, the president's appointment to run the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS), is eminently qualified. Everyone who's not trying to score partisan, political points says so.

To Mitch McConnell: We're Already Rationing Care

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

I have to scratch my head a bit at Senator Mitch McConnell's complaint that Dr. Donald Berwick shouldn't be appointed to run Medicare and Medicaid because he supports "rationed health care."

Weekly Pulse: U.S. Social Forum Tackles Health Issues

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Tens of thousands of progressive activists are converging on Detroit this week for the U.S. Social For...

Dr. Brent James Could Be Health Care's Saving Grace

New York Times | DAVID LEONHARDT | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The health care debate of 2009 has had so many moving parts that it has sometimes seemed impossible to follow. The crisis behind the debate, though, i...