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see best for their patients, rather than to achieve some
financial benchmarks that risk the quality time our patients
need. Medicine is still the greatest profession in the world
because of the tremendous privilege it is to care for people
at a time when they are most vulnerable. We need to guard
the specialty and allow doctors to lead the innovation our
changing world requires.
GPJ: You’ve served in leadership roles at the United
Nations World Health Organization. What lessons from
other countries have you emulated in your own approach to
health care and leadership?
Makary: My time at the WHO taught me that all medical
care is local, driven by a culture of health among patients
and a culture of compassion among its medical providers.
I’ve also learned that we have a great commonality—every
doctor worldwide can equally contribute to the pool
of great ideas on making medical care safer and more
GPJ: Your general session at AMGA’s 2019 Annual
Conference is titled “Preparing for an Era of Healthcare
Transparency.” What do you hope meeting participants will
take away from your remarks?
Makary: I hope to describe what I’ve been learning over the
past few years in researching the topic of healthcare costs
in America for the book The Price We Pay. I discovered the
money games, middlemen, and power struggles that threaten
the very practice of medicine, and the many impressive
doctors who are disrupting health care through smart, com-mon-sense, patient-centered ideas that will save American
health care. I love being a doctor and practicing surgery, and
I hope to also inspire folks by reminding them of the great
forefathers of American medicine who laid the groundwork
for our trusting relationships with our patients.
Hear more from Dr. Marty Makary at the AMGA 2019
Annual Conference, March 27–30, 2019 in National Harbor,
Maryland. For details, visit amga.org/ac19.