By Fareed Zakaria
“Writing in the Harvard Business Review and the Washington Post, two U.S. business professors, Vijay Govindarajan from Dartmouth and Ravi Ramammurti from Northeastern University tell the story of how Indian hospitals deliver better care for much less,” writes John Mandrola in The Atlantic.
“The two professors uncovered nine private hospitals in India that provide quality care at a fraction of U.S. prices. For example, cardiac surgery there costs $3,200, which is 5 to 10 percent of the cost in the United States. Outcomes are comparable and the hospitals make a profit. ‘Narayana Health, for instance, reports that the 30-day post-surgery mortality rate for coronary artery bypass procedures at its Bangalore hospital is below the average rate recorded by a sample of 143 hospitals in Texas,’ they write.
“More striking than the ends, though, were the means. Three major innovations lie at the heart of the Indian hospitals' success.”
“Talking to Islamist rebel groups has become a pragmatic necessity for the Obama administration, which is caught between its desire to promote groups that share American values and the realization that any peace deal must be supported by rebel groups that have influence on the ground inside Syria,” argues Josh Rogin in the Daily Beast.
“Also, the rise of extremist groups inside Syria – especially the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) – along with gains by the regime and its extremist allies, has forced Western leaders to confront the reality that the non-democratic but non-extremist Islamic groups are needed to make sure terrorists don’t wholly take over the Syrian revolution.”
“My hat is off to those 15-year-olds and Jiaoda [PISA] contestants in Shanghai. But this isn’t the direction the U.S. should take,” writes Norman Matloff for Bloomberg. “Yes, we need to bring up the proficiency of our weakest students – a social challenge that goes far deeper than the harrumphing about ‘fixing our schools’ would indicate. Yet we shouldn’t bring down the level of the stronger students just to win international contests.”