“When I need to or­der an MRI, there’s a list on the com­puter screen, and I click ‘MRI,’ and then I sign it, and I’ve or­dered it. That’s it. If you’re or­der­ing from a menu that doesn’t have any prices on it, it’s re­ally easy to get the filet mignon ev­ery s

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up this fall in­clude for­mer White House Bud­get Di­rec­tor Peter Orzag and for­mer Sur­geon Gen­eral C. Everett Koop. The es­says are be­ing pub­lished at cost­sof­care.blogspot.com and the­health­care­blog.com.

One of them was writ­ten by Dr. John Maa, di­rec­tor of the sur­gi­cal hos­pi­tal­ist pro­gram at the UCSF Med­i­cal Cen­ter, San Fran­cisco.

“ Fun­da­men­tally, the real tragedy in Amer­ica is the num­ber of peo­ple who be­come bank­rupt due to med­i­cal

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