- Recent report shows U.S. health care system ranks last among peer nations
- Summer McGee: We have least efficient, most expensive system in world
- She says what's surprising is our willingness to tolerate such a broken industry
- McGee: Clear quality standards, price transparency are essential to improvement
Editor's note: Summer McGee is associate professor in the Department of Public Management at the University of New Haven. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN) -- A man in Connecticut walks into an outpatient clinic for his daughter to receive an electrocardiogram and sonogram. He later receives a bill for a "facility fee" of $5,000 that his insurance will not cover. A new resident in California looks for a primary care doctor but must wait 3 weeks for an appointment to get refills on medication. A 25-week pregnant woman who works two part-time minimum wage jobs cannot afford the $50 co-pay for regular visits or the $200 in prenatal vitamins her doctor recommends.