Keeping Quality on the Policy Agenda

Health Affairs
May/June 2001

"How many more people have to die before we accept that quality is everyone's problem?" by Elizabeth A. McGlynn and Robert H. Brook

"The science that the nation spent so much public and private money developing could produce its promised results."

"We spend more money on health care than any country in the world; one of every seven dollars spent in this country goes to medical care. We have sophisticated physicians and social scientists. But we lack the will to reengineer our own health system."

"Leadership for this reengineering will have to come from both government and the private sector. The government role is particularly critical, something that has been recognized in all other Western nations except the United States."

"We must find a way to keep quality care at the top of the health policy agenda. After providing insurance to all Americans, there is no issue of equal importance."