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(Donald Berwick) Health Official Takes Parting Shot at ‘Waste’
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The official in charge of Medicare and Medicaid for the last 17 months says that 20 percent to 30 percent of health spending is “waste” that yields no benefit to patients, and that some of the needless spending is a result of onerous, archaic regulations enforced by his agency.

The official, Dr. Donald M. Berwick, listed five reasons for what he described as the “extremely high level of waste.” They are overtreatment of patients, the failure to coordinate care, the administrative complexity of the health care system, burdensome rules and fraud.

“Much is done that does not help patients at all,” Dr. Berwick said, “and many physicians know it.”

In an interview on Thursday, his last day on the job, Dr. Berwick reflected on his successes, failures and frustrations in trying to engineer a rapid transformation of the health care system while beating back criticism from Republicans in Congress.

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  -(Donald Berwick) Health Official Takes Parting Shot at ‘Waste’ alp227  Dec-03-11 02:56 PM   #0 
  - Don't be surprised if his next job is working for the Health Insurance Industry or the AMA, n/t  limpyhobbler   Dec-03-11 03:08 PM   #1 
  - “My point,” he said, “is that someone, like your health insurance company,...  jtuck004   Dec-03-11 03:17 PM   #2 
  - So I call to get my Mom (90) a flue shot (stop me if you have heard this one before!)  SoapBox   Dec-03-11 03:19 PM   #3 
  - Medicare Advantage is capitated, I believe. They get paid whether your mom comes in or not.  McCamy Taylor   Dec-03-11 05:48 PM   #8 
  - Medicare needs to hire someone they can trust  russspeakeasy   Dec-03-11 04:14 PM   #4 
  - Will be remembered as the worst Democratic overseer of medicare... ever.  tcaudilllg   Dec-03-11 04:48 PM   #5 
  - Please explain the reason for your comment, tacaudllg. I found his remarks  bertman   Dec-03-11 05:39 PM   #7 
  - and with all that waste overhead is still only 3% - private plans range from 13-30%  underpants   Dec-03-11 05:04 PM   #6 
  - Some surgical specialists make a lot of money doing procedures on the elderly.  McCamy Taylor   Dec-03-11 05:51 PM   #9 

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