Monday, December 19, 2011

2011 Essay Contest Finalists

Patients and their caregivers are uniquely positioned to recognize inefficiency in the healthcare system but are seldom empowered with information they need to reduce harmful spending. With the help former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, former White House Budget Director Peter Orzsag, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, women’s health advocate Dr. Susan Love, and Harvard University Provost and health economist Alan Garber, Costs of Care launched an innovative essay contest this Fall aimed at elucidating both the challenges and opportunities to save patients’ money with routine, cost-conscious medical decisions.

From Labor Day through November, Costs of Care gathered more than 100 personal stories from patients, nurses, and doctors across the nation. According to Dr. Garber, "These stories vividly illustrate some of the anomalies of our health care system - such as its use of market-like features without the all-important requirement of price transparency. The past two years have taught us how difficult it is to reach a political agreement about solutions to the problems of our health care system. But we should never lose sight of the challenges many Americans face in getting appropriate care and paying for it. The problems are all too real."

You can read more about the contest and the submissions that were selected as finalists in our official press release here:

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