A Two-Way Street: What the United States Can Learn from Resource-Limited Countries to Improve Health Care Delivery and Reduce Costs

​Mate KS, Mehta NP. A two-way street: What the United States can learn from resource-limited countries to improve health care delivery and reduce costs. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2015 May;41(5):236-239.

In resource-limited countries, which have sought to care for complex and vulnerable populations for decades, relative underinvestment in health and social services has forced creative solutions to managing complexity. This article highlights five key ideas for "bidirectional innovation," gathered from the experience of health care providers and health system managers in resource-limited countries, that may have a meaningful impact on health care quality and safety if applied in resource-rich countries.


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