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Health decisions with an eye to the bottom line

Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2008
Medical researchers and politicians are tiptoeing into an area of healthcare that makes some Americans uncomfortable, even angry: pressing doctors and patients to use particular drugs and treatments in order to save money. On the surface, it seems simple enough: Billions of dollars could be saved if everyone adopted the regimens that research showed were best and most cost-effective. The problem is that any push for doctors and patients to make a particular choice collides with the American belief that medical decisions are nobody's business but the patient's and the doctor's.