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In delivering care, more is not always better, experts say

Washington Post, September 29, 2009

Medical professionals say the fundamental problem in the nation's healthcare system is the widespread misuse and overuse of tests, treatments, and drugs that drive up prices, have little value to patients, and can pose serious risks. They say the question is not whether there will be rationing, but rather what will be rationed, and when and how. "More is not necessarily better," Bernard Rosof, chairman of the board of directors of New York's Huntington Hospital and a board member of the independent National Quality Forum, told the Washington Post. "In many cases, less is better."