Today we wanted to share an essay from Atul Gawande, MD. In this piece, published last month in the New Yorker, he posits that medicine could learn from big chains, like the Cheesecake Factory, to improve the delivery of quality, cost effective care. There are some provocative thoughts in the essay and perhaps lessons to be learned for sure. However, patients are not a piece of cheesecake, and neurosurgeons certainly hope that as the healthcare delivery system evolves, personalization and the paramount importance of the doctor-patient relationship are not lost in the shuffle.
Healthcare is a central to our daily lives and policymakers in Washington, DC have an enormous influence and control over this vital aspect of society. Yet despite this, most people cannot see what goes on behind the scenes of health policy circles in our Nation’s capital. The mission of Neurosurgery Blog is to investigate and report on how healthcare policy affects patients, physicians and medical practice and to illustrate that the art and science of neurosurgery encompasses much more than brain surgery.