In addition to the rest of the state’s problems, would-be Governor Don Berwick would inherit the post-mandate struggle to contain health care costs. Does he have any solutions for Massachusetts that he didn’t get a chance to try in DC?
Last summer, the former Medicare chief gave a talk before a film about the failures of U.S. health care. Instead of demonizing doctors and drug companies , he said they are just 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.