The Bottom Line:
The healthcare system in the U.S. began essentially as an “old boys’ network”, which relied on the good will, camaraderie, and integrity of the physicians who were its originators. Over time, as healthcare became more specialized and divergent, the basic relations became more fragmented. Today the average patient is faced with multiple challenges to obtaining good healthcare. As a country, we face three main challenges: Cost, Equity and Availability.