Choose your battles when resources are scarce

February 01, 2007

In America, we assume that we get what we pay for, whether it be food, clothing or healthcare. Given that healthcare consumes 16% of the Gross Domestic Product and we spend more per capita than any other nation on cutting-edge care, we expect improved outcomes and more bang for the buck. However, these expenditures do not rank the United States first, second or even third in terms of life expectancy, infant mortality, immunization, cancer screening and the like.