Universal Healthcare with Thomas Bukowski

Everyone in the world should have some basic level of guaranteed healthcare. This is not controversial. But what should that basic level of healthcare be? Should it extend into the later years of your life, when the majority of your health costs are incurred? And how much has modern technology driven down the cost of what it should cost to treat a patient?

Healthcare today has lots of problems with bureaucracy and poorly aligned incentives. But the potential of vastly better healthcare is clear to technologists, and advances in software in hardware that have benefited other enterprises will eventually make their way into healthcare–reducing cost, improving oversight, and leading to better health.

Watsi is a non-profit with the goal of seeing a world with universal healthcare. Watsi facilitates crowdfunding of patients who need low-cost, high-impact treatment. Y-Combinator Research recently funded a study in collaboration with Watsi to study using technology to improve the quality and reduce the cost of healthcare.

Thomas Bukowski is a software engineer with Watsi, and he joins me for an interview about what universal healthcare means and what the roadmap to getting there might look like.

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