Starbucks Syndrome in Healthcare

16 Apr

“In Scotland, death is considered imminent; in Canada, it’s considered inevitable. In California, death is considered optional.”

Patients in the US expect and receive more treatments than patients anywhere else. But is more really better?

Healthy seniors here are also big consumers of healthcare, getting about 65% more MRI studies and utilizing ambulances three times as often as seniors elsewhere. Commercial insurance data point to similar patterns in the healthcare of the younger population in Southern California. What explains such avid use?

This Article in the LA times features an interesting insight into this mentality: that people expect their medical treatments like every other kind of consumption.

Read more here.

And why shouldn’t they?

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