In speech, Gawande asks new MDs to cut costs

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

In the wake of his much-discussed New Yorker piece about health care costs, Dr. Atul Gawande spoke to graduates of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine about their role in lowering the national cost of health care.

After Gawande explained the situation through analogy and observation, he called for further research into the “positive deviants,” the cities and institutions offering the best care for the lowest cost. He gave examples of methods to avoid the unnecessary treatment he blames for high health care costs and finished by urging graduates to enter the workforce and fight for the soul of American medicine.

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