Berwick, a Newton pediatrician and longtime Harvard faculty …has been contemplating a run for the past two or three months, meeting with 40 or 50 people, including political veterans and consultants. …“I’m strongly considering it,” said Berwick, whose interest in the office was first reported by State House News Service. While he would bring deep policy knowledge to a governor’s race, it is unknown whether Berwick can mount a serious candidacy, as a newcomer to politics who has never raised money or glad-handed voters at a strip mall.
BHN caught up with Dr. Berwick on Martha’s Vineyard this summer, where he introduced a health care documentary. There, he talked about the people who came to see him during his short tenure in Washington:
Instead of demonizing doctors and drug companies, he doesn’t blame any of the players, who are working within the system as it stands.
“They’re just doing what makes sense,” he said. “We have to change what makes sense.”
For more on Dr. Berwick see:
- Time magazine profile
- Kaiser Health News Q & A
- Globe report on the Dr. Death tag. Circa talk of end of life couseling as death panel.