8/06/2012 11:07:00 AM

New Yorker Article: Why Can't US Health Care Be More Like Chain Restaurants?

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A thought-provoking piece in the New Yorker today compares successful restaurant chains like The Cheesecake Factory with the U.S. health care system, pondering why it's not as efficient as the fast-casual dining sector. Seriously. Here's a peek: "It’s easy to mock places like the Cheesecake Factory—restaurants that have brought chain production to complicated sit-down meals. But the “casual dining sector,” as it is known, plays a central role in the ecosystem of eating, providing three-course, fork-and-knife restaurant meals that most people across the country couldn’t previously find or afford. The ideas start out in élite, upscale restaurants in major cities. You could think of them as research restaurants, akin to research hospitals. Some of their enthusiasms—miso salmon, Chianti-braised short ribs, flourless chocolate espresso cake—spread to other high-end restaurants. Then the casual-dining chains reëngineer them for affordable delivery to millions. Does health care need something like this?" Read the full article here and let us know what you think in the comments.

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