Journal article

Can we learn anything from health care in the United States?

Matthew HR Anstey, Adam G Eishaug, Lesley M Russell, Susan Wells

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

Some aspects of health care in the United States would be beneficial to Australia and New Zealand, but others should be avoided. Positive aspects, which should be emulated, include: •health care reform that is focused on the continuum of care and patient-centred care •trials of new models to organise, deliver and pay for health care services, where quality of care is rewarded over quantity of services •an integral view of, and strong support for, health services research as a means of evaluating reforms aimed at improving patient outcomes and systems-level efficiencies •physician engagement in reforms--for example, participating in the Choosing Wisely initiative, and trialling and implementi..

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