When Corporate Media Report on Corporate Medicine

Writing at his regular Beat the Press blog (7/8/09), economist Dean Baker says that the New York Times‘ David Leonhardt “rightly complains that President Obama’s healthcare plan does nothing to change the incentives for doctors to prescribe expensive forms of care, even when there is no evidence that this care will lead to better outcomes.” But “Leonhardt fails to take the extra step and ask why this care is expensive”: In most cases, the care is more expensive because it involves expensive medical equipment and drugs, with a healthy dash of high doctors’ fees as well. The reason that medical […]