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New MedicineLaw Attacks Errors and Inefficiencies

The American health care system struggles with serious problems.

Medical errors kill an alarming number of patients. Rising costs routinely outpace inflation. Coordination of a fragile patient's care can easily break down between a multitude of independent specialists, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and home health agencies. In many areas, there are shortages of primary care doctors. And patients, along with their families, can be overwhelmed by a complicated system of care.

Now, health care reform arrives, and expects to add 32 million new patients to a system already trembling under its load. It's difficult to say whether the new law will solve ...

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