Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Medical Cost Conundrum

I've been to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and I would be the first to say that it is the finest medical facility in America, possibly the world. How does it provide such outstanding service at such reasonable costs? That's the basic question in health care reform today and one of the best articles I've read on the subject came out a couple of weeks ago in the New Yorker magazine.

The Cost Conundrum by Atul Gawande is an outstanding article about what's really involved in health care reform today. Who pays is only part of the puzzle. I've said for a long time that what we're paying for also has to be part of the discussion because complementary and alternative medicine has a lot to offer, that's why more than 1/3 of Americans already use it. What's really at stake in health care reform is the heart and soul of medicine in America today. President Obama recently was raving about the article at a Cabinet meeting and it's been circulating around Washington at the highest levels.

To learn even more about this issue you should read Shannon Brownlee's award-winning book OVERTREATED: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker & Poorer. It will open your eyes and you'll never look at your doctor quite the same way again.

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