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Bernard Lown’s legacy: From avoidable care to right care

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The Lancet
December 14, 2013

Last week, the second conference on avoidable care was convened by the Lown Institute in Boston, MA, USA. Whereas its first conference held in April, 2012, focused specifically on overtreatment, the emphasis this time was on understanding the drivers and consequences of overuse, underuse, and misuse of health care. The ultimate goal is to achieve a just, effective, affordable, and above all humane health-care system that puts patients and people at its centre. Such a movement and campaign, led by US physicians, health-care workers, civil society, and religious leaders is inspiring and timely, especially because the USA has the world’s most expensive health-care system with relatively poor outcomes. 

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