In Gawande’s June 26, 2017, article in The New Yorker,
“How the Senate’s health-care bill threatens the nation’s health
,” the noted surgeon and Harvard educator emphasized the importance for Americans to have regular checkups at their local physician rather than waiting for extreme medical cases to arise:Conservatives often take a narrow view of the value of health insurance: they focus on catastrophic events such as emergencies and sudden, high-cost illnesses. But the path of life isn’t one of steady health punctuated by brief crises. Most of us accumulate costly, often chronic health issues as we age. These issues can often be delayed, managed, and controlled if we have good health care — and can’t be if we don’t.