How Efficient Is U.S. Healthcare Really?

By: Kyle Jones, MD, FAAFP
Originally published on opmed.doximity.com in October 2018

One of the few people who may actually understand how all the myriad pieces of the U.S. healthcare system work together is Stanford University healthcare economist Victor Fuchs, PhD. In a recently published article in JAMA, he explored how inefficiently the U.S. system operates. He concluded that our nation’s micro-efficiency, or individual patient-physician interactions, is comparable to other countries, but our macro-efficiency, or the handling of healthcare delivery and allocation of resources on a broad level, is much less efficient and needs work.

Over the next few months, I’ll be writing about these aspects of healthcare and how patients and physicians, as well as our society, economy, and national values, are impacted by our macro-healthcare decisions.

To read more of this article on opmed.doximity.com, click HERE.

Kyle Jones, MD, FAAFP, is a board certified Family Physician. He is an Associate Professor (Clinical) in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.


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