Fixing America's Health Care Mess

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It's not news that America has a health care crisis. From President Bush's controversial prescription drug plan to state-level efforts from Massachusetts to New Mexico, everyone's looking for a fix.

Super business strategist Michael Porter says they're all just nibbling at the edges. Americans are paying way too much for care that far too often falls far short on quality, he says. And the only thing that will fix it is competition.

It works in business, says the super guru, to drive down costs and drive up quality. It should work in the hospital and doctor's office, too. Critics say health care is different. Porter says "no, it's not."

Hear about beating the drum for real competition in American health care.


Julie Rovner, health policy correspondent for National Public Radio

Michael Porter, world-renowned expert on competitive strategy and economic development, director of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, where he is a University professor. His new book is "Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results."

This program aired on May 15, 2006.


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