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Our Broken Medical System
San Francisco Chronicle

Dr. Donald Berwick is the guy who ran Medicare and Medicaid for the past 17 months, and he quit last week. In his parting remarks, he said that 20 to 30 percent of health care spending is waste, yielding no benefits to patients and further clogging up a system that is, by its very nature, sluggish and tortuous. He listed five reasons that accounted for the majority of the waste he had seen: 0vertreatment of patients, failure to coordinate care, the administrative complexity of the health care system, burdensome rules and fraud.