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Money-Driven Medicine: Questioning Healthcare (the questions)

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Published on Jul 29, 2009

Money-Driven Medicine provides the essential introduction Americans need to become knowledgeable and vigorous participants in healthcare reform. Produced by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side," "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room") and based on Maggie Mahar's acclaimed book of the same title, "Money Driven Medicine" offers an accessible, journalistically rigorous explanation of how the U.S. healthcare system went so terribly wrong and what it will take to fix it. Americans spend two times more per capita for healthcare than the average rich country, one-sixth of our GDP. What are we getting for that money? The US ranks twenty-ninth in life expectancy and the World Health Organization ranks our health system 37th in the world, behind Slovenia and Costa Rica. "Money-Driven Medicine" reveals that the profit-driven "medical-industrial complex" has over-built the healthcare sector producing a powerful, distorting incentive for billions of dollars of pointless, even risky, tests, prescriptions and surgeries. This pay-per-service system drives doctors into lucrative specialities, while primary care physicians have become an endangered species. Million dollar diagnostic machines stand idle while emergency rooms overflow.
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