A June 2009 New Yorker essay by Gawande, "The Cost Conundrum", which used as an example the town of McAllen, Texas to argue that unnecessary medical tests and procedures were a primary factor in driving up the cost of health care in the U.S., was cited by President Barack Obama during Obama's attempt to get health care reform legislation passed by the United States Congress. According to Senator Ron Wyden, the article "affected [Obama's] thinking dramatically", and soon after its publication, Obama showed the article to a group of senators including Wyden and said, "This is what we’ve got to fix." Gawande, in turn, later expressed approval for Obama's health care proposals on the New Yorker "News Desk" blog. After reading the New Yorker article, Warren Buffett's long-time business partner Charlie Munger mailed a check to Gawande in the amount of $20,000 as a thank you to Dr. Gawande for providing something so socially useful. Gawande reportedly donated the $20,000 to the Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Surgery and Public Health.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
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