Health Care Without Exception

By Maggie Bucholt

The cost of the U.S. health care delivery system has everyone grumbling: lawmakers, insurance companies, and the patients who suffer under managed-care guidelines that seem in direct opposition to the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians. Understaffed hospitals and medical centers are dealing with patient logjams in emergency rooms and operating rooms, as concerns mount about quality of care and patient safety. To add to the already long list of complaints, the cost of life-saving vaccines and pharmaceuticals has soared for many underserved Americans, as well as for economically disadvantaged segments of populations around the world.
Researchers at BU—including Karen Freund, above—are studying ways to decrease costs; to improve access, health care delivery, and treatment outcomes; to ensure affordable global access to medications; and to promote the health and well-being of low-income, vulnerable families.