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Checking In With Dr. Arthur Garson On 'Health Care Half Truths'

December 8, 2010
by Jessica Marcy
Kaiser Health News

 

Even before the health reform debate became a bitter partisan fight, Dr. Arthur Garson, Jr., kept a close eye on health care sound bites and myths. He co-wrote a book debunking the top twenty myths on cost, coverage and quality issues: “Health Care Half Truths: Too Many Myths, Not Enough Reality." He says that the massive amount of confusion plaguing reform efforts confirms just how pervasive such myths continue to be.

As the executive vice president and provost of the University of Virginia, Garson pushes for better understanding of the health care system by the public, policy makers and industry professionals. He began his medical career as a pediatric cardiologist and was president of the American College of Cardiology.

KHN's Jessica Marcy recently spoke to Garson, here are edited excerpts of the interview:

 

 

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