The Boston Globe
May 3, 2012
The best hope for achieving significant savings in medical costs is through the elimination of unnecessary or duplicative procedures, which waste hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Government attempts to set boundaries inevitably run into cries of “death panels” and rationing, along with prideful reactions from many doctors, who assert the right to test patients as they see fit. But so many factors complicate that decision — from patients’ demands to doctors’ financial interests and fear of lawsuits — that a system without limits is untenable. It’s also unhealthy, in the sense that some patients are exposed to unnecessary risks.
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