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Dutch Treat: Will Massachusetts Be the Next Netherlands?

In Seattle over the weekend at the annual AcademyHealth Conference (nirvana for health policy wonks), I’m drawn to a session on health system reform in Western Europe. Can you feel the excitement?! Well, it was fabulous. Some takeaways: • Every health system feels the heat and faces a two part challenge: 1. increasing efficiency and cost containment; and 2. maintaining solidarity and social cohesion. • Every health system shows some degree of entrepreneurial behavior. It’s always too much for system supporters and too little for economists. • Everywhere “health policy is a political... Read more »


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