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This is not unlike the resistance to measuring the effectiveness of schools. The professionals prefer to use their own best judgement without interference, bureaucracy, and red tape. I can respect that, as long as they get the job done.

Government, in the form of super-empowered public sector teacher unions, have blocked these efforts. Unleashing free market forces, through competition and choice, will solve this problem. Less government, as usual, is the answer.

There has been great resistance to publishing outcomes data on local hospitals. Some have sicker patients than others. Some serve areas where poverty, inadequate nutrition and poor recovery care at home are major components.

Measuring certain outcomes without considering the health of the patient population does provide an inaccurate picture. That's why it's better to allow greater competition and market forces to operate. Bureaucratic attempts to measure quality are vastly inferior to a few hundred million people measuring quality on a daily basis.

OK, its a complex problem. But "nothing can be done" is not acceptable. Its an attitude that invites government to try.

It is a complex problem. But the current situation is not an invitation for "government to try." Government has already "tried" in the health sector and created a grossly inefficient highly costly mess. It's time to give free people and free markets a chance. It's an invitation to try proven methods such as greater consumer freedom and control over their health care dollar and greater free market forces. There is no perfect solution and a decent society will want to provide a safety net for those who need it. But that doesn't mean government needs to be a nanny to everybody in society and literally cripple their ability to get good health care.

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