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Shocking Revelation: US Health Care System Wastes More Money than the Entire Pentagon Budget Annually

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  • A review of U.S. healthcare expenses has revealed that 30 cents of every dollar spent on medical care is wasted, adding up to $750 billion annually
  • The report identifies six major areas of waste: Unnecessary services; inefficient delivery of care; excess administrative costs; inflated prices; prevention failures; and fraud
  • An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found “upcoding” Medicare bills cost taxpayers about $1.1 billion annually. In 2001, the two highest codes were listed on about 25 percent of the doctor-visit claims; in 2010, the two highest codes were on 40 percent of claims
  • The pharmaceutical industry is the biggest defrauder of the US government. Most recently, GlaxoSmithKline plead guilty in the largest health fraud settlement in US history. The company was fined $3 billion to resolve criminal and civil liability charges related to illegal drug marketing and withholding information about health hazards associated with its diabetes drug Avandia
  • Many pharmaceutical companies are now being investigated for using bribes to boost sales outside the US as well. In August 2012, Pfizer, the world’s largest drugmaker, paid $60.2 million in fines to settle charges that the company had bribed an assortment of government health officials in China, Russia, Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Servia, and Kazakhstan

By Dr. Mercola

A review of U.S. healthcare expenses by the Institutes of Medicine has revealed that 30 cents of every dollar spent on medical care is wasted, adding up to $750 billion annually.

The report identifies six major areas of waste: Unnecessary services; inefficient delivery of care; excess administrative costs; inflated prices; prevention failures; and fraud.


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