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October 13, 2009 It's hard to turn on the television nowadays without seeing a drug ad. And the ads are working. Drug spending has increased by $180 billion over the past decade and a half and is part of what's driving the rising costs of health care.
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Dr. Jack Wennberg in his Dartmouth office in Lebanon, N.H.
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October 8, 2009 In the mid-1970s, a health researcher discovered an unusually high rate of hysterectomies in a small town in Maine. If the rate continued, nearly 70 percent of Lewiston women, like Carol Bradford (above), who had a hysterectomy, would be without their wombs by age 70. A major driver of health care costs: a system that pushes doctors to deliver unnecessary care.
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October 12, 2009 Between television and the Internet, patients today are exposed to a myriad of health information. But more isn't always better. Patients' frequent requests for drugs and procedures are part of what's driving up the costs of health care.
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