What Ebola Tells Us About Our Health Care System
In the ongoing Ebola outbreak, a preventative measure taken in Liberia provides a rare insight into why the U.S. health care system is so costly and inflexible. Health care is one of the most regulated industries in the United States, and much of that regulation is not directed at ensuring the health of patients at all. Instead, it just entrenches incumbent organizations and existing ways of doing things – all the while decreasing efficiency, outlawing creativity, and increasing costs. The story of one company’s response to Ebola in Africa – and how it compares to the response in America sheds light on the need for changes in health regulations that would allow for more flexibility, more rapid response, and lower costs, both in future health crises, and in reforming the U.S. health care system.