Strange Bedfellows

Newt Gingrich, John Kerry, and….Billy Beane (yes, him) think they know how to fix our health care system. Seriously:

Sabermetrics relies on obscure statistics like WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched), VORP (value over replacement player) or runs created — a number derived from the formula [(hits + walks) x total bases]/(at bats + walks). Franchises have used this data to answer some of the key questions in baseball: When is an attempted steal worth the risk? Whom should we draft, and in what order? Should we re-sign an aging star player and run the risk of paying for past performance rather than future results?Similarly, a health care system that is driven by robust comparative clinical evidence will save lives and money.

I’m all for sports metaphors but this just might be pushing it. They didn’t need PECOTA to install an excellent universal health care system in the UK.

2 comments… add one

  • House approves of the sports metaphor.

    310ToJoba October 25, 2008, 12:02 am
  • This is a great idea. Statistical analysis and proper use of evidence can certainly improve the medical field. For example, I’d like to see databases of MORP (Malpractice Over Replacement Physician) so we can evaluate doctors more effectively.

    Andrew F. (Sox Fan) October 26, 2008, 2:10 am

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