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Quick Byte: U.S. health care can still innovate


“The United States health care system has many problems, but it also promotes more innovation than its counterparts in other nations. … It has more clinical trials than any other country. It has the most Nobel laureates in physiology or medicine. It has won more patents. At least one publication ranks it No. 1 in overall scientific innovation. … The nation’s innovation advantage arises from a first-class research university system, along with robust intellectual property laws and significant public and private investment in research and development. Perhaps most important, this country offers a large market in which patients, organizations, and government spend a lot on health and companies are able to profit greatly from health care innovation.”


1. Carroll AE et al. “Can the U.S. repair its health care while keeping its innovation edge?” The New York Times. Oct 9, 2017.

. Accessed Oct 10, 2017.

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