The Access-to-Care Conundrum

John R. Tongue, MD

In my address to the fellowship at the AAOS Annual Meeting in February, I raised three issues that I believe are the major challenges facing our specialty—access to health care, the quality and value of orthopaedic surgery, and improving patient safety. In this and upcoming columns, I want to explore these issues in a little more depth.

During the past 2 years, both my wife and I faced life-threatening illnesses. We both survived, thanks to the unrivaled quality of health care in this country. I felt privileged to be receiving care from some of the best physicians in the world.

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