How We Do Harm exposes the underbelly of healthcare today—the overtreatment of the rich, the under treatment of the poor, the financial conflicts of interest that determine the care that physicians’ provide, insurance companies that don’t demand the best (or even the least expensive) care,... read more
“When neither the govenment nor private payers in the United States care about drug prices, prices careen out of control.”
“The problem is, we don't use our expensive drugs and technologies appropriately. Instead of using these interventions to benefit patients, we use them to maximize revenues, and often harm patients. If we could learn to practice medicine rationally, the money we would save would help us provide the most bacis care for those who are now shut out of the system.”
“We desperately need to focus on rational consumption of health care. Rational consumption includes preventive services and health education. Much of the money currently spent on health care is money wated on unecessary and harmful sick care. Even for the sick, a lot of necessary care is not fiven at the appropriate time. The result is more expensive care given later.”
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