Cardiologist says saving Medicare starts with cutting waste

05/27/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

While Republicans and Democrats pass Medicare around like a political football, the fact remains that the system is in dire need of a fix, cardiologist Dr. Rita Redberg writes in this New York Times opinion piece. Redberg cites numerous studies that show waste in Medicare, such as implanting cardiac stents and cardiac defibrillators placed in some patients when there is little to no medical benefit to do so.

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