Competition works

July 12, 2009 

Last week I found myself in the emergency room at Rex Hospital for what turned out to be much to do about nothing. I spent about seven hours in the ER and was attended to by three registered nurses, two doctors and a host of technicians and health professionals. I was struck by the high quality of the care I received.

I found myself wondering whether Duke Health and WakeMed were in some respects responsible for the great care Rex Hospital delivered. What a wonderful thing competition can be. Then I began to wonder whether this level of care would dissipate if the federal government decided it could deliver health care more efficiently and effectively

Rex, and I am sure Duke and WakeMed as well, deliver great health care. Not perfect, but I'll take my chances with them in lieu of a system fashioned out of Washington.

Jim Lage,

Raleigh

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