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Top Ten Ways the American Health Care System Fails

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  • According to a new study, medical experts have implemented 146 “reversals” in the past decade, meaning course changes on specific medical practices; reversals are common across all medical specialties
  • Between 40 and 78 percent of the testing, treatments and procedures you receive today are of no benefit, and many have already been deemed harmful by clinical studies
  • The US earned a failing grade on nearly every benchmark in a survey comparing the opinions and experiences of people from seven different countries about their respective health care systems
  • America spends more on health care than the next 10 biggest spenders combined, yet ranks last in health and mortality among 17 developed nations; we hold the top rating in one category, however: medical waste
  • America’s health care system compares unfavorably in coordination of care, prevention of chronic disease, medical errors, accessibility and affordability, and patients’ satisfaction with their doctors and care

By Dr. Mercola

From time to time, medical experts reverse course on certain practices and procedures when science dictates a change in the standard of care. One classic example of a "reversal" is when hormone therapy for menopausal women came to a screeching halt when so many women developed blood clots, stroke, and breast and uterine cancers.


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