Inflating the Deficit with Futile Health Therapies

Merrill Goozner

Published 2/27/12 in The Fiscal Times

Cynics say Washington is the city where good ideas go to die. A promising strategy for holding down health care costs in the Obama administration’s reform bill – providing patients and doctors with authoritative information on what works best in health care – should provide a classic test of that proposition, assuming the law survives the next election.

Experts estimate anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of the health care that Americans receive is wasted. It is either ineffective or does more harm than good. To put that in perspective, waste costs anywhere from $250 billion and $750 billion a year, or as much as three-fourths of the annual federal deficit.

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I Have A Holiday Wish: That We Muster The Courage To Reign In National Spending.


Originally published 12/14/2010 on the Health and Human Capital Foundation Blog.

‘Tis the season to wonder how to work off the extra pumpkin pie calories and pay off those Black Friday purchases! We know that a dollop of reality isn’t anyone’s holiday favorite, but it may be timely for all of us to acknowledge the belt-tightening our country must face as we approach the New Year. If social spending cuts in EnglandGreece, Spain, Germany and other countries are any prediction (12), some would argue that we are late in taking action. Is there hope that we’ll wake up and realize that now is the time to start trimming our national spending—even as we trim our tree—by making tough, necessary choices?

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