Politics

Mar 26, 2009

The economic crash may be a boost for health reform

The economic slump is no excuse for governments to wimp out on health reform, writes Melissa Sweet.

The economic slump is no excuse for governments to wimp out on health reform; in fact, it may even be a help for those wanting to achieve genuine change.

That is one of the clear messages from an international analysis of health systems that have managed to transform both the way they work and the results they achieve.

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2 thoughts on “The economic crash may be a boost for health reform

  1. Jennifer Doggett

    Great article and brilliant last line!!! You are so right that health reform is much less about money and much more about vested interests. What I always find amusing though is that most health professionals and health professional groups exert considerable energy complaining about the current health system and yet seem to resist any attempt to make positive changes.

  2. Engineer

    Subjectively and anecdotally, I agree with the author. How about a couple of links to actual data. After all, we are interested in evidence based medicine, are we not?

    In the absence of real statistics and analysis, this issue will remain where it has been for generations – in the opinion columns, rather than in the manuals, codes of practice, legislation and the delivery structures.

    Come on – you can do it, you know that you can. I wait for your next article, this time full of strongly and tightly worded logic.

    Without which, we will make zero progress.

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