The Bipartisan Policy Report titled “What is Driving US Health Care Spending? America’s Unsustainable Health Care Cost Growth” issued in September lists seven factors increasing American health care costs. The “fiscal cliff” debates include many of these arguments. While these factors do indeed play roles in American health care, almost all are at work in other industrialized countries, all of whom provide better care to more people for half what we ...

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Do we really have the world’s best cancer care? Those who resist health care reform point to America’s great cancer care – instead, we should protect “the best health care system in the world.” After all, if we’re the best, other countries should change, not us. Do we really have the world’s best cancer care? A good indication is the American survival rate for breast cancer, the world’s longest. But ...

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