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How to "fix" health care
Recently the Miami Herald carried an article on healthcare, with the comforting headline that read "Ways to cut S. Fla. healthcare costs: reduce tests, let terminally ill die at home." I read it with interest, with my Sunday morning coffee. The basic point of the article is summed up by the headline, that is, the one sure way to trim healthcare costs is to cut out testing, deny older patients admission to the hospital and send them home to die. Yes indeed, that's the European healthcare model, coming soon to a hospital near you. We need healthcare reform, and we need it now, based of course, on this: Leaders in Washington and the healthcare industry agree that costs must be slashed to find the money to pay for care for the 45 million uninsured Americans, whose annual medical expenses on average are about twice that of Europeans.