During this year, the majority of my “Behind the MLA Scenes” posts will be focused on what I am doing as the president elect of MLA. There are several reasons why I am doing this.
First, I think it is always helpful to bring more transparency to the organization. As I have said several times, MLA doesn’t try to hide anything but even when you are trying to be transparent it still can be difficult to make sure the message gets out to everyone.
Second, I think it is important to detail what I am doing so that others have an idea of the day to day (month to month?) job duties of the president elect. I hope this helps inspire others to become involved in greater leadership positions once they realize what is really involved.
Third, I want to be able to look back and see what I have done over the course of the year. I think this will be a good way to document my activities.
So what have I been up to as president elect since MLA in May?
Going forward….I will continue meet virtually with the TAC and participate on the search committee. The Board will meet in Chicago in November to have our first meeting since MLA.
I hope to have another “What does the president elect do” post in the next several months. I hope this was helpful.Share on Facebook
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A recent report from the Commonwealth Fund, a non-profit, private American foundation, compares the U.S. healthcare system with a number of its international counterparts.
The study uses a number of measures to determine success, and tries to assess quality of care, access, efficiency, equity and achievement of healthy lives. It draws on surveys of patients and primary care physicians as well as data from recent studies by the World Health Organization and the OECD, and from its own national healthcare system survey, from 2011. The nations ranked are Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. No surprise, perhaps (especially since the data were in before full legal implementation of the Affordable Care Act) that the U.S. ranked dead last on access. But in fact, it also ranked last overall, thanks to problems on many different health outcome measures, quality, and efficiency.
What might be more surprising is that Canada ranked next-to-last overall, sitting at tenth out of the eleven countries. Timeliness, safety, and efficiency were areas where we ranked particularly badly.
We might take heart, though. Policy and funding decisions can change things a lot, for good or ill. While the report ranked the U.K.’s NHS best of the bunch, it seems that the system is facing a serious funding crisis—with healthcare policy experts, physicians and politicians of all stripes suggesting it’s close to collapse (though as always, there are varying ideas on what to do about that).
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