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Two More Good Articles on Health Care Costs

Mort Zuckerman, publisher of U.S. News and World Report has an article on ft.com (here).  The following cartoon accompanies the article.

I was tipped off to a second good article in The New Yorker by a comment from TinyTim.  Written by Atul Gawande, one of the main focus points of the article is a process called self-referral, whereby physicians rack up extra charges and profits by chaneling patients to labs, hosptials and testing facilities in which they have a financial interest.  The term, self-referral, was not mentioned in the article, but the process was thoroughly described, and many specifc examples were given.  Read Gawande's great article at http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/06/01/090601fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all