nprfreshair: New York Times reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal in her…

nprfreshair:

New York Times reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal in her series, “Paying Til It Hurts” does an in-depth analysis of rising healthcare costs in the U.S.  She’s on the show tomorrow to discuss her recent articles.

This comparative chart is from her first article The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill”  She goes into why colonoscopies are why the U.S is first in hospital expenditures:

Colonoscopies offer a compelling case study. They are the most expensive screening test that healthy Americans routinely undergo — and often cost more than childbirth or an appendectomy in most other developed countries. Their numbers have increased manyfold over the last 15 years, with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggesting that more than 10 million people get them each year, adding up to more than $10 billion in annual costs.

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