• Editorial

Our perfectly designed US healthcare system: An interregnum thought experiment

Citation

Kamerow, D. (2008). Our perfectly designed US healthcare system: An interregnum thought experiment. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 337(7681), a2702. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.a2702

Abstract

The interregnum between a presidential election and the inauguration is a time of feverish activity, in which the president elect and his staff decide who will help them govern and what they will try to do first. The press and pundits speculate breathlessly on who will be appointed and what they will do first. As I write this, for example, we have just learnt that the new administration’s secretary of health and human services is likely to be a respected former US senator, Tom Daschle. He has written a book about healthcare reform, which is likely to be his assignment when he starts in January.