“From duplicate blood tests to unnecessary knee replacements, millions of Americans undergo screenings, scans and treatments that offer little or no benefit every year. Doctors have estimated that 21 percent of medical care is unnecessary — a problem that costs the health care system at least $210 billion a year. Such “overtreatment” isn’t just expensive. It can harm patients.” Source: Kaiser Health News
The thing is we tend to look everywhere except the health care delivery for cost culprits. It’s not insurance or even administrative costs, it’s the health care we use and how we use it.