Define The Problem Before Trying To Solve It

One of the things that has bothered me about being in a big hurry to pass a health care reform bill is that I could not figure out exactly what was trying to be reformed. A lot of the conversation seemed to be a discussion of whether the UK does it better or not.

I’d rather see more discussion of exactly what is wrong here beyond anecdotes about no access and insurance not covering needed medicines and procedures.

Here is one example of the kind of conversation I wish we were really having:

A Prescription For The Health Care Crisis

Albert Einstein is reputed to have said that if he had an hour to save the world he’d spend 55 minutes defining the problem and only 5 minutes solving it.  Our health care system is far more complex than most who are offering solutions admit or recognize, and unless we focus most of our efforts on defining its problems and thoroughly understanding their causes, any changes we make are just likely to make them worse as they are better.

Just go read it, OK? Stay over there and check out some of his other writing.

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