Neil Kochenour, MD
Monday, January 18, 2021,
an ASA Zoom Webinar*
“Which country has the world’s best health-care system?” Often the reason for asking this question is another question: “What system should the US copy to improve its health care?” It would be impossible for us to adopt another country’s health care system in toto, but a reasonable question is “What can we learn from other countries?”
The provision of health care services is very complex. Broad categories to be addressed include: coverage, financing, payment, delivery, and pharmacy services. No country is an outstanding performer in all categories. But clearly, some systems are more successful than others. It is important to define what we are really asking when we say, “What is the best health care system?” Is it, “Which country provides the best consumer choice?” Or, “ Which country has the most innovative health care system?”Or, “Which country best addresses the needs of chronically ill patients?” Perhaps some other parameter is most important to those asking the question. Today’s discussion will compare a number of metrics from countries around the world and then discuss what lessons could be applied to our health care system.
Neil Kochenour received both a bachelor’s degree in engineering and an MD from Cornell. After a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado, he spent two years in the Army Medical Corps. Returning to civilian life, he received a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) at the University of Louisville, following which, in 1978, he took a position in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah. He served as Division Chief of the MFM Division and as Vice-chairman of the Department. The last 12 years of his career, he was Medical Director of the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. He moved to Academy Village in 2007.
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Written by Neil Kochenour