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How the hospital ball gets slipped into a Tourism report is anyone's guess. Interesting that with all the cries about the cost of health care, and the skewed data on American health/medical outcomes, that there is no discussion about the ethics of what we do in the realm of neonatology. One reason why our costs are so astronomical is because we pour tremendous resources into "saving/prolonging/maintaining" life at both ends of the spectrum. We will spend a million dollars on a crack baby or a one pound preemie that may either die within a year or two or require unbelievable medical support to "live" a substandard life. Same thing in geriatrics, we keep folks on life support for years, we super medicate, we do big surgeries that chances are folks will not recover from.
Then, we have a broken legal system that permits the ambulance chasers to go after "the failures". In most cases, these aren't failures, they're folks that anyplace else on Earth, no matter what country, they would already be dead.
Our medicine is the best in the world, period. What's broken is our ethics, end-of-life decision making, and legal system.
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