What’s wrong with American healthcare in a nutshell: “How does it reflect upon American culture today when obviously affluent families try to persuade doctors to defraud Medicare? How are we going to cut costs in an era of so-called consumer-driven healthcare which implies that patients and their families are the ones directing care? It is cases such as this one that really make me angry when the public blame doctors for inflating healthcare costs. For every doctor out there who orders too many tests, there must be a dozen patients who show up in exam rooms demanding chest CTs, lumbar spine MRIs, Lyme titers–or expensive unnecessary transfers from one medical center to another. If people really want to overhaul the healthcare system, they’d better begin with their own expectations.”
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