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HEALTHCARE EXPENSES

ANCHOR LEAD:  REFORMING HEALTHCARE REQUIRES ANALYSIS OF THE BUDGET, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Estimates of the amount of money spent in the United States on healthcare top 2 trillion dollars.  William Brody, president  of Johns Hopkins, says that number reveals a lot.

BRODY: For the amount of money we’re spending we should be able to do a lot better.  So it’s not a question of cutting healthcare costs but it’s about getting more bang for the buck.  We’re just not getting what we’re paying for.                 :12

Brody says this disconnect between expenditures and results can be credited to the system itself.

BRODY:  Well, in health care we have this incredibly complex system, in fact, it’s a non-system.  Because we don’t have a system there’s not one lever you can push and say, okay, let’s change the way we do work, and that’s the problem.  And so I think it’s going to take a lot of small things not just one big fix.            :18

Brody says all citizens are vested in healthcare and must therefore participate in reform.  One of the first ways to do so it to become educated, and to take charge of your own health.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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