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Monday, May 21, 2007

On the blogs: Swiss healthcare parallels, latest hospital infection rates

On WBUR's CommonHealth, Béatrice Schaad Noble, a Swiss journalist who is getting her master’s in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health, explains how Switzerland approached universal health insurance coverage.

"Switzerland has gone through the same problems Massachusetts is facing now. Eleven years ago, pockets of resistance were strong. Some people deeply disliked being forced to buy coverage," she writes. "Today resistance has completely disappeared. Last March Swiss have even refused in a vote to shift to a single payer system."

On Running a Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Paul Levy posts the latest report on central line infection rates. In the past he has challenged other hospitals to do the same.

"The overall quarterly trend is in the right direction, but as you can see ..., there is troublesome variation from time to time," he writes. "The up's and down's, I guess, are normal, but we all wish they stay down."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 11:22 AM
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