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US healthcare's dangerous profit fixation

from CNN

Medicine is big business in America. Nearly one fifth of our GDP is spent on healthcare — 50 percent more than any other developed country. Yet by many measures we are not getting value for money. Healthcare in the U.S. is on an unsustainable course, and costs cannot continue to increase while outcomes continue to deteriorate. This crisis has been blamed on greedy malpractice lawyers, drug companies, healthcare insurance companies and doctors who over treat patients by practicing defensive or wasteful medicine. And there is something to all of these. Doctors have failed to address this healthcare crisis, so other groups offer solutions — notably economists and political commentators. more


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