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  •  The second big extra cost (0+ / 0-)

    is the well know preponderance of the American practice in over-testing. One example he gives is mothers being told they need weekly scans after the 20 week mark without any evidence that they are medically necessary in a normal pregnancy.

    I would actually go further and say that it probably adds to the poor outcomes because of the extra stress placed on the mother to attend for them.

    The other aspect of this he identifies is the belief among US patients that the more tests the better and the newer and more expensive the procedure is, the more effective it is.

    We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 02:09:04 PM PDT

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    •  LibD - BINGO (0+ / 0-)

      The reason heathcare in the US costs 2X the average first world country is that we TEACH  and practice medicine here is a completely different way that the rest of the world. It's not about health insurance companies or drug company profit margins. Those are all nickles and dimes, it's about the fundamental way medicine is practiced in the US.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 02:40:34 PM PDT

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