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Health care wastefulness is detailed in studies

from The New York Times

In a snapshot of systemic waste, researchers have calculated that more than half of the 354 million doctor visits made each year for acute medical care, like for fevers, stomachaches and coughs, are not with a patient's primary physician, and that more than a quarter take place in hospital emergency rooms. The authors of the study, which was published recently in the journal Health Affairs, said it highlighted a significant question about the new federal health care law: can access to primary care be maintained — much less improved — when an already inadequate and inefficient system takes on an expected 32 million newly insured customers? more

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