The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Commonwealth Fund’s recent report on health care spending in 13 industrialized nations helps demonstrate that the U.S. spends more on health care than any other country. (Fund President Dr. David Blumenthal is also quoted in this article.)

Deirdre Yapalater’s recent colonoscopy at a surgical center near her home here on Long Island went smoothly: she was whisked from pre-op to an operating room where a gastroenterologist, assisted by an anesthesiologist and a nurse, performed the routine cancer screening procedure in less than an hour. The test, which found nothing worrisome, racked up what is likely her most expensive medical bill of the year: $6,385...

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