Malcolm Gladwell on Healthcare as a Cash Economy


July 23, 2015

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Editor's Note: In this excerpt of a recent Medscape One-on-One interview, best-selling author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell explains to Medscape Editor-in-Chief Eric J. Topol, MD, why there should be a cash economy at healthcare's most routine level.

"Let's use insurance for the things that insurance is best for," Gladwell says, "and insurance is best for catastrophic events—unexpected, big-ticket things that no one could plan for or anticipate. And for the stuff that is predictable and manageable, let's use the market to handle that because that is what the market is good at."


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