A McKinsey report on US healthcare costs says "the overriding cause of high U.S. health care costs
is the failure of the intermediation system — payors, employers, and
government — to provide sufficient incentives to patients and consumers
to be value–conscious in their demand decisions, and to regulate the
necessary incentives to promote rational use by providers and
"To be effective, reform in health care will need to apply sound principles on both the demand and supply side of the system."
Ezra Klein discusses the report: "We pay way too much, and get nothing for it. We pay because most actors in the system seek profits rather than wellness." (via BlueNC)