This article from last week’s Grand Rapids Press gives us several legitimate reasons for rising health care costs in America. This of course leads to more distrust of the system and cost shifting. I found the comment about double CT scans at one hospital to be particularly striking. All of this contributes to an American system that spends more on healthcare than any other industrialized nation. The US spends almost $7,000 per person with poor outcomes.
Who Is to Blame for Rising Hospital Rates?
Grand Rapids Press, Matt Vande Bunte, 06/20/2011
The population is aging, medical technology is advancing and high unemployment is increasing the pool of customers who cannot pay their bills.