No Free Lunch on Health David Leonhardt in the NY Times

No Easy Answers on Health Care

The current health care system doesn't pay hospitals, doctors and nurses to keep people healthy; it pays for tests, surgeries and drugs. So Americans often get expensive invasive care of dubious medical benefit while missing out on sensible basic care. Millions of other people go withoug any care for chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. If Medicare and private insurers paid for more preventive care, Americans would be healthier than they are today and live longer. Here's a link to David Leonhardt's article in the NYTimes 8-8-07:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/08/business/08leonhardt.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

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Debbie Cook 9 years ago from USA

I detest going to the doctor. My issue is that anyone with a belly ache has a CT scan, an MRI, an upper GI... and the list goes on. Why are all of these tests run? I assume that it is a combination - the fear of a lawsuit if anything is missed and the need for payment from anyone that is insured to pay for the ones that are not. 


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Ralph Deeds 9 years ago Author

Same here. Thanks for the comment.

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