The real problem and meaning behind health care costs

12/26/2012 | Atlantic online, The

The term "health care costs" can be confusing because it's used differently by different groups, but the main problem is that we're spending more without getting improved health, write Shannon Brownlee of the New America Foundation and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; Joe Colucci of the New America Foundation's Health Policy Program; and Thom Walsh of the Dartmouth Center for Healthcare Delivery Science and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. A large percentage of health care spending goes to services that are not necessary and may even harm people.

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