Amer­i­cans’ ex­pec­ta­tions also lead to high-priced health­care

Modern Healthcare - - Comment -

The April 9 cover story “Blame it on the prices”

(p. 20) was one of the bet­ter ar­ti­cles I’ve read re­gard­ing the cost of U.S. health­care com­pared in­ter­na­tion­ally. I also think Amer­i­cans’ ex­pec­ta­tions and our cul­ture (“I want my MRI to­day”), the “sick tax” as­so­ci­ated with car­ing for those with­out health in­surance, as well as our ap­proach to end-of-life care (“spare no ex­pense”) also are sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tors to high costs in the U.S. health­care sys­tem.

H. Lee Kirk Jr. Ad­min­is­tra­tor Shriners Hos­pi­tals for Chil­dren Spring­field, Mass.

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