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Opinion: Why do Americans accept costly health care?

  // Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:30 //
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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.

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