As a former physician-diplomat for the State Department, I understand the global power of American medical technology. We missed an opportunity during the pandemic. But with telemedicine, we can lead again.
It wasn’t until I joined the State Department in 2002 that I fully appreciated the power of America’s medical superiority. For all the problems with our healthcare system, the United States is far ahead of most countries in biotechnology and pharmaceutical innovation. Our top hospitals and universities are largely unrivaled. Hollywood may be our most visible global export, but medical science has a bigger impact.