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An Alternative View of Healthcare in the USA

The Seattle Times (11/25), Dr. John Olsen, past governor for the American College of Cardiology, writes, “We keep reading the same old statistics about the poor quality of healthcare in the United States as a justification for how it needs to be fundamentally changed,” with some of “these notions” having “been cited so frequently that they seem to gain traction simply from their repetition.” Dr. Olsen points out, however, that American medicine has “deciphered the genome and developed dialysis, bone-marrow transplantation, and catheter-based cardiac interventions,” and Americans “can get advanced imaging studies or virtually any laboratory test performed promptly and reliably.” Therefore, he concludes, “amid all the turbulence, let us pause and give thanks for the bedrock of American medicine that is the envy of all the world.”

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