The third world, it seems, is losing their best doctors to the United States (via NYT magazine)
So I want to offer up this suggestion: health care in this country is, as a whole, good enough. Our life spans are long, our recovery rates for all kinds of previously fatal conditions is excellent, and our technology is astounding. So let's not worry so much about making it better. Let's focus on fixing our broken system of paying, and on allowing everyone access instead.
Now, I'm not saying give up on improving medicine completely—research can potentially help people all over the world. I'm just saying, we need to take a step back, and say look, we've got it pretty damn good. Let's not worry so much about quality in the practical side of our health care system. We've got enough doctors. We've got enough hospitals.
If nothing else, don't go to the doctor unless it's really necessary. Don't go for the most expensive procedures unless it will make a significant difference. And so on. If we decrease demand, we'll need less supply, and give more negotiating power to others. Remember, in the third world, overworked doctors are performing surgery using Bosch power tools. If they're lucky.