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Dr. Atul Gawande on Health Care & the Age of Reform

Dr. Atul Gawande (Photo: Gawande.com)

The new Congress is not even convened yet, and already a vote is slated by House GOP leadership to repeal – roll back – the massive health care reform package just passed last year.

Americans are watching, and wondering “what next”? So are doctors, including Dr. Atul Gawande, the surgeon and writer who has emerged as one of the country’s leading interpreters of what’s going on with American health care.

It will eat us alive if we don’t get it right, he says. And getting it right is still a big challenge.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guest:

Dr. Atul Gawande, general and endocrine surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, and a staff writer for The New Yorker. A MacArthur Fellow, he also leads the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives program.

His books include Better and Complications; his latest, just out in paperback, is The Checklist Manifesto.

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