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Health Care Freakonomics

by Jonathan Bush, President & CEO

While visiting my dear friends at CNBC earlier this month, I had the good fortune to run into the esteemed author and pop-economist Stephen Dubner (co-author of Freakonomics). Stephen is a creative thinker who looks at conventional problems from different angles – his work often makes us question assumptions and finds unexpected causes for familiar events. So I was delighted when he mentioned that he had recently produced a podcast specific to health care titled “How Many Doctors Does it Take to Start a Healthcare Revolution?” 

In the podcast, Stephen speaks with Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, founder of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, a group that coordinates care among a network of medical and social-service organizations to help low-income patients receive better care at a lower cost. Stephen discusses Dr. Brenner’s frustrations and ties them to an economic assessment of the “overwrought” and “brittle” health care market.

It is great to hear prominent, disruptive voices like Stephen’s weigh in on the often absurd dynamics and twisted logic of the health care industry. Stephen considers these issues through his own lens, but ultimately agrees with us that there is a better way. If you have a few minutes, check out the podcast and let me know what you think. 

Jonathan Bush and Stephen Dubner

Jonathan Bush is the President and CEO of athenahealth.

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