Monday, October 21, 2013

Costs of Care Essay Contest is Back

Neel Shah has been running the Costs of Care essay contest for several years, and it is time to send out the reminder for the fourth annual event.  Here's the website. There will be $4000 in prizes for the best stories from patients, doctors, and nurses illustrating the importance of cost-awareness in healthcare.  The deadline for entries is December 1, 2013.

Neel notes:

Entries should be 500-700 words and should be typed and double-spaced. Students are strongly encouraged to submit. Entries will be judged based on the quality of the writing and the relevance of the anecdote to the topic of cost-awareness in medicine. We are primarily seeking stories. The focus of the contest is not to suggest policy solutions.

The judging panel is again impressive:

Andy Grove, innovator, Time Magazine Man of the Year (1997)

Maureen Bisognano, registered nurse, President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
David Goldhill, television executive, author of “Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father–And How We Can Fix It”
Steven Brill, journalist, author of Time Magazine’s “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us”

Last year, I posted the winning essay by a patient.  Take a look.

Thanks to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the AAMC for sponsoring this event.

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