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The Cost of American Heathcare

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Why are some hospital and health service bills so expensive, and what can we do about it? According to a study out of Johns Hopkins University, Americans on average continue to spend much more for health care, while getting less care, than people in other developed countries. Americans pay higher drug prices, higher hospital administration costs, higher salaries for doctors and nurses and higher prices for many medical services. Why? A new book sets out to answer that question: it’s titled The Price We Pay: What broke American HealthCare, and How to Fix it. On The Point, we talk with the author, Dr. Martin Makary. He’s also a professor of Health Policy and Management and a Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Mindy Todd hosts.




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Mindy Todd is the host and producer of <i>The Point</i> on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 40 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.