Sunday, November 28, 2010

Atul Gawande: Wiki Page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atul_Gawande

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.,[3] 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."[4] Gawande, in turn, later expressed approval for Obama's health care proposals on the New Yorker "News Desk" blog.[5] 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.[6] Gawande reportedly donated the $20,000 to the Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Surgery and Public Health.[7]

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