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Should We Recharacterize the Healthcare Debate? November 15, 2009

Filed under: Healthcare Reform — Larry E. Stuckey II @ 9:56 pm

One final item for this week’s posting . . . we keep talking about the most recent debate as healthcare reform.  I really think that it is time that we called this debate healthcare coverage/insurance reform.  This debate is doing very little to address healthcare waste (hat tip: NV).  Here are  a few key points:

1.) Unnecessary care such as the overuse of antibiotics and lab tests to protect against malpractice exposure makes up 37 percent of healthcare waste or $200 to $300 billion a year.

2.) Fraud makes up 22 percent of healthcare waste, or up to $200 billion a year in fraudulent Medicare claims, kickbacks for referrals for unnecessary services and other scams.

So, while I am encouraged by the fact that more people may have coverage, let’s not kid ourselves that this recent legislation will solve all things.

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