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The myth of ‘consumer-driven healthcare’ comes to life again
Los Angeles Times

Among the holy grails of would-be healthcare reformers, the holiest and grailiest quest is for the “empowered consumer.”

This creature, armed with discernment about his or her medical needs and free choice of doctors and hospitals, will bring us to the paradise of low-cost medical care and uncompromisingly good health. Too bad that in the real world, empowered consumers and “consumer-driven healthcare,” the instrument through which they achieve these goals, are mythical.