American Health Care Condition: Critical

Millions of Americans have no medical coverage, and costs are out of control. Here are 10 ways to fix what ails us.

There are two kinds of prices in America today: regular prices and health- care prices. The first kind seems to follow some sensible laws of supply and demand. But America's medical bills are something else. They flow from a surreal world where science has lost connection with reality, where bureaucracy and paperwork have no limit, where a half-hour tonsillectomy costs what an average worker earns in three weeks. The prices, like the system that issues them, are out of control. Examples:

-- Annual dose of human growth hormone for a child with a severe deficiency: $20,000.

-- Coronary bypass surgery for...

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