Why the rotten US healthcare system should concern us

Health hazards: from high costs to conflicts of interest

We can’t put it all down to President Donald Trump. There are bad things going on in the US that have been around a lot longer than he has.

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I was at a large medical conference in Chicago recently, listening to an ­Australian researcher advocating the use of a PET scan as a new way of diagnosing a particular condition.

The audience seemed strangely un­enthused, but it wasn’t clear why until we got to questions from the floor.

“Yes, it is a nice idea but likely to be much too expensive to be useful for most patients,” a