10 Questions in the U.S. Health Care Cost Debate

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Well, this was a depressing article to research and write! I guess it's not that shocking. I certainly know how expensive health care is in the U.S. And while I'm fortunate to be insured, I know plenty of people who aren't. The most sobering aspect is the lack of well-managed, quality care. Sure, there's lots of good health care in the U.S. when you think of the high-tech instruments and medical devices we have, or you read about intricate operations being performed, such as separating conjoined twins.

But I also know how doctors in my HMO are under pressure to give patients only 10 or 15 minutes of their time before moving on to the next patient. I've self-diagnosed my own injuries and illnesses with far more accuracy than many a physician due to such speed sessions. Just the other day, my elderly mother had a simple hernia surgery, then contracted a dangerous bacterial illness from hospital staff. When she was sent for diagnostic testing, the wrong test was performed and my mother was given an incorrect prescription, which caused her bacterial illness to worsen. She could have died. Is this really the best we can do, America?

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