We have met the enemy and it is us. The extraordinarily high cost of American health care has been blamed by policy experts on insurance companies, pharma, malpractice lawyers, hospitals, physicians, the government and the lifestyle/behavior of many Americans. Indeed, a recent public opinion survey shows that the public is willing to blame all of the above for the rising cost of health care in the U.S.: insurance companies (75%), pharma (74%), people not taking responsibility for their own health (64%), the cost of malpractice insurance (62%), the government (59%), hospitals (53%), and doctors (30%). And a comprehensive PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study confirms that there’s plenty of blame to share across a wide range of actors.
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