Americans’ expectations also lead to high-priced healthcare
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.