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In an opinion piece published in the December edition of the American Journal of Public Health, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, UCLA FSPH distinguished professor of health policy and management, and co-author Bobby Milstein, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, share their perspective on the idea that that if some health care is good, more care and higher priced care must be better.
The United States is making a risky bet on the mistaken idea that if some health care is good, more care and higher priced care must be better. Virtually no other country shares this belief.
Compared with peer nations, the United States spends far more on health care, yet Americans live shorter, less satisfying lives. This dismal pattern has grown worse since 1980—making the United States a global outlier for its poor health care system performance.
Together, we can replace the false belief that more care is always better, with a firm understanding that there are more effective and more equitable ways to spend our health care dollars.