Author Affiliations: Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, VA Outcomes Group, White River Junction, Vermont, and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Not long before the editorial deadline for this Invited Commentary, I headed off on vacation to warmer climes (this is not difficult when leaving from northern New England). But would a week in tropical paradise be worth the frustration and indignity of commercial air travel? It turns out I was lucky. The lead flight attendant ran a tight ship, assuring us an orderly, safe, and comfortable trip. Maybe I should plan more discretionary travel.
According to the findings of a study published in this issue of the Archives, had my recent shoulder surgery gone more smoothly, I might instead be planning more discretionary health care.
Sirovich BE. How to Feed and Grow Your Health Care System Comment on “The Cost of Satisfaction”. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(5):411-413. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.62