Health care soaks up about one-sixth of
the nation’s economy. It could soak up an even greater portion of the
nation’s political attention in the next year, if Democrats follow
through on plans to pursue comprehensive health care reform. So we’ve
decided the issue deserves its own blog, The Treatment. I'll be the primary writer and
editor. Reporter-researcher Suzy Khimm will be a regular contributor,
as will a number of guest bloggers.
The blog's primary focus will
be the financing and delivery of health care, with a particular focus
on the insurance system--a subject I've been covering for more than a
decade, culminating with my 2007 book, Sick. (You can read more about
that book, and my background, here.)
But we'll also strive to cover other health policy topics, from tobacco
regulation to drug safety. With the help of some outside contributors,
we may even venture beyond policy, to broader questions about medicine,
science, and professional ethics.
That's a pretty diverse set
of issues--one that will surely test the limits of our expertise. So
please help with suggested links and ideas for posts, by contacting us
And, as always, please contribute to the comments section. We hope to
spark plenty of spirited, though hopefully civil, debates. As in
medicine, we know, sometimes it's good to get a second opinion.