Wrong­headed re­port

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Re: “Why we pay much, much more for health­care,” “Of In­ter­est” fi­nance blog, Mod­ern­health­care.com, May 4: This is a very su­per­fi­cial re­port, not wor­thy of dis­cus­sion. The devil is in the de­tails.

One must look at ev­ery di­ag­no­sis and eval­u­ate how each is man­aged (not treated or cured) and com­pare treat­ment and re­sults. There have been re­ports that can­cer pa­tients live longer here, that heart pa­tients get more pace­mak­ers, by­pass surgery and more med­i­ca­tions as well as test­ing, and sur­vival of each kind of case is best in this coun­try.

Specif­i­cally, should a 90-year-old man with di­a­betes get a $30,000 pace­maker and de­fib­ril­la­tor? We do it here. The re­port in­for­ma­tion is po­lit­i­cal crap.

Dr. Ge­orge Rit­ter Lathrup Vil­lage, Mich.

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