How a Well-Meaning Health Policy Created California’s Coronavirus 


The Atlantic
January 12, 2021

Interview with IHPS core faculty members, 
Janet Coffman, professor of health policy,
and Rene Hsia, an attending physician at 
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

The health-care system in California is fraying because the state has tried to run its health system efficiently. The principles are simple: Keep patients out of hospitals, funnel people to primary-care doctors, and don’t build hospitals you don’t need. In normal times, that strategy would make perfect sense. Typically, doctors’ trying to treat patients outside of hospitals is smart.

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