In Atul Gawande's New Yorker article he says bluntly: "Millions of people are receiving drugs that aren’t helping them, operations that aren’t going to make them better, and scans and tests that do nothing beneficial for them, and often cause harm."
In my experience those who make the most amazing and derogatory assertions know the least about the subject.
Those with the highest disease burden saved the state more by using alternative medicine, costing "an average of $1,420 less annually."
less than half of doctors feel fairly compensated. Almost 25% will be in an ACO by next year. 10% of doctors will stop taking Medicare patients
Adjusted annual medical costs among CAM users was $424 lower
we drink too much, we eat too much, and we indulge too much, unsafely. Not really the image of the stoic Mainer.
They had "done nothing wrong." They were following the standard model: college, career, pay your premiums, and be safe.
There just seems to be a "going rate" for healthcare that is about half of what we're currently paying our M.D.s.
Adding in alternative care to that model increases patient satisfaction while trading expensive procedures for low-cost, long-term lifestyle changes.
a medical home is a place where you receive a variety of care, not just where your doctor is working better with his support staff.