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Waste in U.S. health care system
San Francisco Chronicle

The U.S. health system wastes more than $750 billion a year – or 30 percent of medical expenses – in unnecessary, inefficient services, and each year tens of thousands of deaths could be averted through better care, according to a report released Thursday by the Institute of Medicine. Despite those sobering figures, the 18-member committee behind the national report, which includes several Bay Area health experts, concluded that improving quality and lowering cost or not only possible but could be done with tools and technologies that exist.