Our protection against Ebola in the U.S. depends on guidelines determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But at least one informed researcher wonders if the CDC has allowed a serious breach in its defense strategy.
Right now, the U.S. healthcare system is trying to cope with the first cases of Ebola to strike an American. Supposedly, we are the best-protected people in the world against this type of epidemic. But scientists who are taking a closer look at the ways in which the CDC is trying to minimize the impact of the disease in North America have raised serious concerns about what’s being done.
A study by Charles Haas, an engineering professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, raises questions about one of the primary defenses against the spread of Ebola: the 21-day isolation period used to quarantine people exposed to the disease.
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The gibberish that is an overpriced hospital bill would be funny if it didn’t represent the giant waste of money that cripples American healthcare. International research shows that the U.S. squanders more than $1 billion dollars a day on medical bureaucracy, the most in the world.
According to a study coordinated at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the London School of Economics, a full 25 percent of the budget at U.S. hospitals goes for bureaucracy, double what hospitals spend in any other country.
The research shows that administrative costs are lowest (about 12 percent) in Scotland and Canada, where single-payer medical systems fund hospitals in the form of universal, lump-sum budgets, similar to the way U.S. fire departments get their funding.
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