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What Australia can learn from the US health care system

Jeffrey D Zajac
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (11): 644.
Published online: 1 December 2008

You can learn a lot about Australian medicine by living in New York, where I am currently on sabbatical at Columbia University Medical Center. The health care system in the United States is as exciting as it is complicated, as caring as it is apparently heartless, much better than Australians think and yet, in many ways, much worse. New drugs and new treatments appear here faster than in Australia. Medical research is a vibrant part of medicine here. Actually getting access to health care is the problem in the US.

  • Jeffrey D Zajac

  • Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, VIC. (Currently on sabbatical at Columbia University, NY).

Correspondence: j.zajac@unimelb.edu.au

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