It was for $1,877, and it’s emblematic of our health care spending mess

(NEWSER) – “Overuse” may seem like a benign word, and that’s kind of the problem. In its latest piece on health care waste, ProPublica defines overuse as an umbrella term for a type of waste that includes things like unnecessary tests or surgeries. And it kicks things off with an extreme example: that of Margaret O’Neill, whose 5-year-old was scheduled for an outpatient procedure at Children’s Hospital Colorado that involved snipping a band of tissue under her tongue. The surgeon suggested that, as a treat, the girl’s ears be pierced while she was under. O’Neill agreed, expecting it to be a sweet freebie. Then came the bill: $1,877.86 for “operating room services” tied to the piercing. She fought the bill, which insurance wouldn’t cover, and ultimately prevailed. (The kicker: One hole was askew, so it was repierced at the mall for $30.)

ProPublica dishes up a bigger number: About $210 billion is spent annually on unneeded procedures or ones that are expensive when a cheaper one could do. It gives a long example involving a 34-year-old with a history of noncancerous breast cysts who needed to rule out cancer; doing so involved a mammogram and three ultrasounds, as well as draining her cysts and sending the clear fluid to pathology. Her bill was $2,361. She viewed a lot of it as unnecessary, but her efforts to fight it failed. Experts ProPublica spoke with had varying opinions, but in general they agreed fewer procedures would have sufficed. There are often multiple options for care, patients can’t really shop by price, and it’s often unclear what’s discretionary. Says one doctor, “It’s sort of this perfect storm where no one is really evil but the net effect is predatory.” Read the full piece here.

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2017 10:50 AM CST


  1. 鬲賮爻賷乇 丨賱賲 丕賱賱亘賳

    賲賱丕亘爻 賱賱兀胤賮丕賱 禺賷丕胤丞 賮爻鬲丕賳 賱賱亘賳丕鬲 亘賰卮賰卮丞 賲毓 丿丕賳鬲賷賱 毓賱賷 丕賱氐丿乇 賵 丕賱禺賱賮 賵 丕賱兀賰賲丕賲 丕賱噩夭亍 丕賱孬丕賳賷 youtube賳馗丕乇丞 丕氐賱賷丞 賲丕乇賰丞 乇賷亘丕賳7丕賳鬲氐丕乇丕鬲 賱噩賵賱丿賳 爻鬲賷鬲 賮賷 丿賵乇賷 丕賱爻賱丞 丕賱兀賲乇賷賰賷 噩乇賷丿丞 賱賵爻賷賱賲丕 賴賵 兀賮囟賱 賵賯鬲 賱賱噩賲丕毓 賱丨丿賵孬 丕賱丨賲賱 亘毓丿 丕賱丿賵乇丞 丕賱卮賴乇賷丞 責責亘丕賱氐賵鬲 賵丕賱氐賵乇丞

  2. buy converse converse man bag handbag 2016 summer paragraph printing sports backpack 10002 335001 in cheap price on

    backpacks nike elite fenix toulouse handballherschel tote bag shoulder bagvintage versace bag quintabay quinta do lago shop almancil clothing second hand luxury itemsall agree drawstring bag the most beautiful hawaii beaches womens gym backpack customi…

  3. 2018 long trench coat for women spring winter overcoat female long hooded horn button outwear trenchcoat chaquetas mujer

    kids pack it jacket blackboys 1 piece long sleeve sleeper full zip or snap footie pajamacute fluffy curly coat poodle puppy dog monogram teddy bearboys long sleeved denim jacket fall jackets for boys childrens outerwear kid hoodies spring autumn baby c…

  4. item 2 adidas pure boost new mens running shoes b37776 marine blue white pureboost adidas pure boost new mens running shoes b37776 marine blue white

    festa do vestido de festacerim么nia na c芒mara municipal de salvador homenageou os 153 anos da batalha do riachuelochinelo petite jolie express feminino preto compre agorasand谩lias grendene de homem comprar sapato masculino

  5. vi er klar til det gode vejr

    卸械薪褋泻芯械 写械屑懈褋械蟹芯薪薪芯械 锌邪谢褜褌芯 懈蟹 褕械褉褋褌懈 写卸邪薪薪懈写械褌褋泻邪褟 芯写械卸写邪 泻褍锌懈褌褜 胁 褍泻褉邪懈薪械 薪械写芯褉芯谐芯 胁 懈薪褌械褉薪械褌 屑邪谐邪蟹懈薪械 modnicy褞斜泻邪 锌邪褔泻邪 褕芯锌械薪泻邪 写谢懈薪薪邪褟 泻褍锌懈褌褜 胁 褋邪薪泻褌 锌械褌械褉斜褍褉谐械. 懈薪褌械褉薪械褌 屑邪谐邪蟹懈薪40 褋褌褉芯谐懈褏 写械谢芯胁褘褏 卸械薪褋泻懈褏 斜谢褍蟹芯泻

  6. 伪谓未蟻喂魏维 渭蟺位慰蠀味维魏喂伪 渭蔚 蔚蟺喂纬蟻伪蠁萎 魏伪喂 魏慰谓蟿维 渭伪谓委魏喂伪 慰 魏蠈蟽渭慰蟼

    蟺蠅蟼 谓伪 蠁慰蟻苇蟽蔚喂蟼 蟽蠅蟽蟿维 蟿慰 polo 渭蟺位慰蠀味维魏喂 蟽慰蠀渭蟺位慰蠀味维魏喂 蟺蟻蠋蟿畏蟼 渭苇蟻伪蟼 蟽蠂慰位蔚委慰蠀tommy hilfiger 蟻喂纬蔚 位蔚蠀魏慰 蟽喂蔚位 蟺慰蠀魏伪渭喂蟽慰37 渭蟺位慰蠀味蔚蟼 未喂伪蠁伪谓蔚蟼 蠁位慰蟻伪位

  7. plus size graphic tees t shirts for women

    winx 蟽蠂慰位喂魏萎 蟿蟽维谓蟿伪 蟺位维蟿畏蟼 未畏渭慰蟿喂魏慰蠉 蟺蔚592蟺伪喂未喂魏蠈 魏蟻蔚尾维蟿喂 isabel 谓蟿蠀渭苇谓慰 渭蔚 慰喂魏慰位慰纬喂魏蠈 未苇蟻渭伪蟽慰魏 蟽蟿畏谓 蟺维蟿蟻伪 纬慰谓蔚委蟼 蠂蟿蠉蟺畏蟽伪谓 魏伪喂 苇魏伪蠄伪谓 蟿慰 7 渭畏谓蠋谓 渭蠅蟻蠈 蟿慰蠀蟼evans 纬蠀谓伪喂魏蠋谓 flat 蟺伪蟺慰蠉蟿蟽喂伪 online 蠂慰谓未蟻喂魏萎 蟺蠋位畏蟽畏 维蟽蟺蟻慰 migvmefm

  8. black half sleeves t shirt printed shark face egypt factory

    褋褍屑泻邪 屑褍卸. francesco marconi pelle nero 锌褉芯写褍泻褑懈褟 懈薪褌械褉薪械褌褉褞泻蟹邪泻 褕泻芯谢褜薪褘泄 junior prime 谢芯褕邪写泻懈褋懈薪褟褟 褋褍屑泻邪 褋 泻邪屑褍褎谢褟卸薪褘屑 锌褉懈薪褌芯屑 prada 泻褍锌懈褌褜 蟹邪 77 300 褉. 胁屑褍卸褋泻芯泄 褋械褉褘泄 褉褞泻蟹邪泻 nike 邪写褉械褋 薪邪褕械谐芯 褉芯蟹薪懈褔薪芯谐芯 屑邪谐邪蟹懈薪邪 褋锌斜

  9. 蟺蟻慰蟽胃萎魏畏 蟽蟿伪 伪纬伪蟺畏渭苇谓伪 menu 尾蟻蔚蠁喂魏蠈 蟽蔚蟿 蟽蠉谓慰位慰 mayoral 1786 渭蟺位蔚 魏慰蟻委蟿蟽喂

    tropical floral sleeveless wrap v neck maxi dresscarhartt boys logo fleece hoodieriding gears stores in hyderabadcustomized delightful prom dresses chiffon simple red white chiffon long floral prom dress with side slit

  10. cat谩logo cklass ofertas navide帽as 2018 en vestidos

    褎懈褉屑械薪薪褘械 写械屑懈褋械蟹芯薪薪褘械 斜芯褌懈薪泻懈 landrover 497 谐褉薪. 斜芯褌懈薪泻懈泻胁邪褉褑械胁褘械 褔邪褋褘 褍薪懈褋械泻褋 pearlnike air max 95 卸械薪褋泻懈械 泻褍锌懈褌褜 薪械写芯褉芯谐芯 芯褌 3790 褉褍斜 胁 懈薪褌械褉薪械褌泻褍褉褌泻邪 泻谢褍斜薪邪褟 zoo york 邪褉褌 泻褍锌懈褌褜 胁

  11. sapato scarpin usaflex u2002 peep toe couro salto 7 r 120

    nike 谢褜胁褨胁 泻褍锌懈褌懈褋锌芯褉褌懈胁薪懈泄 芯写褟谐 写谢褟 卸褨薪芯泻 泻褍锌懈褌懈 薪械写芯褉芯谐芯 胁 褨薪褌械褉薪械褌 屑邪谐邪蟹懈薪褨锌谢邪褌褌褟 薪邪 胁懈锌褍褋泻薪懈泄 2 400 谐褉薪. 卸褨薪芯褔懈泄 芯写褟谐 褌褉褍褋泻邪胁械褑褜 薪邪 olx谢械谐泻邪 屑芯写械谢褜 写谢褟 锌褨写谢褨褌泻褨胁 蟹 邪锌谢褨泻邪褑褨褦褞 traum

  12. 銈儵銉笺偝銉笺兂 涓夎銈炽兗銉?銈儛銉?銈炽兗銉炽偒銉愩兗 銈兗銉€銉?銈儶銈搞儕銉?鐗规敞 妯欒瓨 妯欑ず 琛ㄧず 銉濄儍銉?pop 銈ゃ儵銈广儓

    used schwinn 24 lowrider bike for sale in stockton letgothe inspire 2 other drones like the mavic pro and phantom 4 prodaiwa infinity apex rod pod2016 trek fuel ex 9.8

  13. halloween printed blouses top maternity clothes funny women t shirt long sleeve side ruching womens

    rose gold nike soccer cleatsitaly 1982 world cup winners retro football shirt toffsnike drifit academy ss kids top boys clothing 434 training tops lt blue fury armoryadidas originals tokyo pack clr84 windbreaker navy men adidas originals jackets hot sa…

  14. 褨薪褌械褉薪械褌 屑邪谐邪蟹懈薪 芯写褟谐褍 谢褜胁褨胁

    賰丕乇丿賷丕賱 丕亘賴丕 archives 毓乇賵囟 丕賱賷賵賲賲丕乇賰丞 賳賷賵賮賳丿賷 賱賱賳爻丕亍 賳丨丕爻賷賮爻丕 賷賳 亘賳丕 賲丨噩亘丕 2019 丕丨丿孬 丕爻 丕賷賱丕 丨噩丕亘 卮賷賰爻賵賯 亘乇賷賰 賱賷賳 brick lane market

  15. pantalon d茅contract茅 taille haute pour femmes pantalon de surv锚tement d茅contract茅 boyfriend baggy pantalon pantalon d

    breakwater tint party wave. 11. lilly pulitzer kidslilly pulitzer palazzo pants design darlinghera spray on ripped knee slim fit skinny jeanswomen red satin below knee length skin tight strap ruched party dress the best

  16. palm court quad at stetson university

    鍥藉唴姝h鍝?gumbies islander flip flops dark denim 銈兂銉撱兗銈?銉曘儶銉冦儣銉曘儹銉冦儣 銉€銉笺偗30 off 閫佹枡鐒℃枡 銈搞儯銉笺偢 涓婁笅銈汇儍銉?銈儑銈c儉銈?adidas w team 銈︺偐銉笺儬銈儍銉椼偢銉c偙銉冦儓 銉戙兂銉?銉儑銈c兗銈?銈汇儍銉堛偄銉冦儣 涓婁笅绲?銈广儩銉笺儎銈︺偋銈?銉堛儸銉笺儖銉炽偘鍑虹敚绁濄亜銈偪銉偘銈儠銉堛偄銉儛銉犮優銈ゃ儣銉偡銉c偣銉欍儞銉笺偦銉偗銉坰milebaby銈搞儵銉笺儠銉欍儞…

  17. tamanho grande toalha de praia de pl谩stico clipes clipes prendedores de roupa de cama folha

    闊撳浗浜烘皸銉栥儵銉炽儔 銇屾澅浜?澶ч槳銇垵銇父瑷簵鑸?/a>娉ㄧ洰銉栥儵銉炽儔銈掋償銉冦偗銈儍銉? nano universe 銉儑銈c兗銈广伄銉嬨儱銉笺偣銈勩仯銇便倞澶уソ銇?3鐐箂et 4鑹?2016骞存柊浣?銉堛儸銉炽儔 銉曘儶銉偡銉曘偐銉炽儞銈儖瀛愪緵銇岀潃銇熴倝鍙剾銇忋仸銇娿仐銈冦倢銇按鐫€ 鐢枫伄瀛愩伄姘寸潃銈掗泦銈併伨銇椼仧

  18. see by chlo茅 see by chloe pumps pink 36 1 2

    斜褉褞泻懈 胁 褋锌芯褉褌懈胁薪芯屑 褋褌懈谢械 gucci 2 褑胁械褌邪 胁 薪邪谢懈褔懈懈 锌褉芯写邪卸邪泻褍锌懈褌褜 泻褉邪褋薪褘械 卸械薪褋泻懈械 锌谢邪褌褜褟 胁 懈薪褌械褉薪械褌 屑邪谐邪蟹懈薪械michael kors medium selma messenger 泻褍锌懈褌褜 泻懈械胁 褋褍屑泻懈 屑邪泄泻谢 泻芯褉褋泻褍褉褌泻邪 斜械谢芯褉褍褋褋泻懈泄 褌褉懈泻芯褌邪卸

  19. real madrid hjemmedrakt

    写谢褟 蟹邪泻邪蟹邪 薪芯屑械褉 邪褉褌懈泻褍谢邪屑褍卸褋泻懈械 锌懈卸邪屑褘 写谢褟 褋薪邪 褋 卸懈胁芯褌薪褘屑懈谢褍褔褕懈泄 褋屑邪褉褌褎芯薪 写芯 30000 褉褍斜谢械泄 2019 芯褌蟹褘胁褘褋写邪械褌褋褟 薪械 斜芯谢褜褕邪褟 泻胁邪褉褌懈褉邪 褋褌褍写懈褟 胁 褑械薪褌褉械 褋锌斜 褎芯褌芯 1

  20. dearlover spring 2018 woman party long sleeve dress sexy white crochet lace off shoulder maxi dress runway vestido longo

    plt plus robe r茅tro gris pierre 脿 manches bouffantes et col bateau stickerhot off claudie pierlot jupe courte en jean jean brut pas cher jxmjupe ample mi longue satin 36 46 imprim茅ejupe crayon noir cop copine modele t.40 eur 15

  21. 讻讬讜专 诪讟讘讞 讙诇注讚 诇讘谉 讛转拽谞讛 砖讟讜讞讛

    acess贸rios de bicicleta泻褍锌懈褌褜 芯写械卸写褍 芯薪谢邪泄薪 芯褌谢懈褔薪芯械 褉械褕械薪懈械 泻邪泻 泻褍锌懈褌褜 锌谢邪褌褜褟 芯薪谢邪泄薪 胁2018 children smart watch gps tracker for boy with sim card sos smartwatch baby kids watches for children call finder locatortutorial vestido veraniego fruncido blog