Want to Lower Health Care Costs? Stop Wasting Our Money.

The National Academy of Medicine has estimated the health care system wastes around $765 billion a year — about a quarter of what we spend. Eliminating all the waste could allow us to insure 150 million Americans, the Academy of Medicine said, and saving half of it could provide groceries for every household in the country for a year. Eliminating the waste would also stop our rising health care costs from eating up our wage increases. My premiums go up 9 percent next year. Same thing happened last year. Odds are your costs are rising, too.

Source: Want to Lower Health Care Costs? Stop Wasting Our Money. — ProPublica

Try and tell that to patients who want it all, want it now, want the latest and greatest of everything and generally take little responsibility for their health. 🥩🥤🥟🍕🍟🍩

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  1. I was at my doctor’s office for a well visit this week. I saw a poster that said all children should be tested for lead by age 1 no later than age 2. I totally understand why but I feel that unless there is some social-economic or geographic reason or bad parenting I think that this is a wasteful test. If you live in the slums or poorly maintained housing with old water pipes and poor public water treatment systems, then yes. If you are a bad parent and let your kids chew on paint, then yes.

    Only 0.2% of the children tested in New Jersey in 2016 had actionable levels, that is 436 children out of 214,747 tested. Only 87 or 0.04% were above action limits set for adult workers by OHSA. All 87 were less than the average amount of lead in adults from 1960 to 1970. Today’s average in an adult is less than 1/12th of what it used to be. <5 BLL (µg/dL) compared to 60 BLL (µg/dL).

    Unless you let your kids play with lead fishing weights or lead bullets or chew on an illegal lead painted toy (not that you could possibly know), I am betting you can just look at the where they live and the location of the positive test results to date to know exactly which children are really at risk and judging from the data the at-risk population is only about 1/10 of the testing currently being done.

    Information online states that a lead blood test costs about $49. If you test only 20% instead of 10% of all babies or on request that would be a savings of about $8.4 million per year.

    There was a lead problem and the government needed to collect data which they did. The government put programs in place in the 1970’s to get rid of lead and it appears to have work. The government just does know how to wind down programs and continues to waste our money.


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