Contents | January/Feburary 2003
Shannon Brownlee: Further reading for "The Overtreated American"
For a comprehensive look at the failings of the U.S. health care system, and
suggested reforms, see: Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for
the 21st Century (2001) Institute of Medicine
www4.nationalacademies.org/iom/iomhome.nsf (IOM site)
"The Efficacy of Medicare" Working paper, National Bureau of Economic
Research, by Jonathan Skinner, Elliott S. Fisher, and John E. Wennberg,
"Geography and the Debate over Medicare Reform," by John E. Wennberg,
Elliott S. Fisher, and Jonathan S. Skinner. Health Affairs (Web exclusive)
February 13, 2002.
For an overview of Wennberg"s research, and a look at geographic variations
in medical spending and outcomes, go to the Dartmouth Atlas, at
For more on overtreatment of cancer, see "Beyond Mammography, A New Argument
About Breast Cancer," by Shannon Brownlee, The New Republic, April 22, 2002.
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