Thursday, December 26, 2013

the fault in our philosophy | John Green on US health care

I missed this piece from John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Mental Floss, brother to Hank Green) on why the US has long spent so much more on health care — including more tax dollars — than other developed economies (we're looking at you Canada, UK, Australia) with so little to show for it. Who's at fault? Insurance companies? Drug companies? Malpractice lawyers? Hospitals? Or is it more complicated than a simple blame game? ("Hint: It's that one," he says.)

For a more thorough examination of US health care expenses, Mr. Green recommends a series at The Incidental Economist: The Commonwealth Fund's Study of Health Care Prices in the US and this New York Times story:

Mr. Green promises this is part one in a series on health care costs and reforms leading up to the full rollout of the Affordable Care Act next year.

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