September 24, 2009 -- The way physicians perform their work is as important as Congressional legislation to reform our system, according to Dr. Atul Gawande, who captivated a packed crowd at the Schnitzer Concert Hall on Wednesday night. And according to Gawande, Portland already leads the nation when it comes to end-of-life care.
May 21, 2009 -- Our healthcare system is morbidly obese. We outspend by at least two-to-one every other comparable country and still manage to underperform. The industry’s latest promise to trim an amount equal to less than 10% of current annual spending each year for the next ten years barely nudges that ratio. Our system serves as the world’s model for what not to do.