We have often advocated here needs to have good managers, to have professional managers in our hospitals and health centers ... but never thought I would have this discussion in English.
The reason is this article in the health section of The New York Times: Should Hospitals Be Run by Doctors?
The conventional wisdom is that doctors should focus on patient care, and managers with a business or administrative background are better suited to running the day-to-day operations of a hospital. Among the nearly 6,500 hospitals in the United States, only 235 are run by physician administrators, according to a 2009 study in the journal Academic Medicine.But now new research suggests that having a doctor in charge at the top is connected to overall better patient care and a better hospital. The study found that overall hospital quality scores were about 25 percent higher when doctors ran the hospital, compared with other hospitals. For cancer care, doctor-run hospitals posted scores 33 percent higher.
The thing is clear, though I would go further. Here we have never discussed whether hospitals should be run by medical doctors or business managers...