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You’d think that, having made a fairly big splash in promising to completely and utterly transform the way American healthcare is delivered, first to the 1.2 million people who work for Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and JPMorgan Chase, and then the other 327 million of us, Warren Buffett might have a sense of how this thing would go. After all, he thinks a lot about mortality these days. He put this thing together with two other titans of industry, and put his best man on it. In spite of all the odds, they actually found someone impressive willing to run it, someone who they presumably talked to and got a sense of what he’d be doing for them part-time.

But Warren Buffett’s a pretty hands-off guy, and he frankly has no idea what Atul Gawande & co. are up to at Haven.

The plan is to support a very, very, very good thinker on this subject, who's a practicing physician, and who commands the respect of the medical community too,” Buffett said. “In effect, figure out some way so that we can deliver even better care, and have people feel better about their care, too….”

“His game plan, it's not something we're going to try to lay out, because it's in his head, to some degree. Obviously, we selected him by hearing and reading, and so on, what he's done. But he'll learn, as we go. We will conduct certain experiments, or he will, and try out a community where one of us has a lot of employees. There are various ways to experiment.”

Just not on 25,000 people in Queens.

Warren Buffett describes Haven’s plan to improve health care costs while controlling costs [Yahoo! Finance]


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