Americans blame wasteful spending on healthcare

Many Americans see healthcare spending as wasteful, according to a survey by Deloitte released yesterday. The survey asked 15,000 healthcare consumers in 12 countries what was the biggest source of waste. Americans in particular viewed the top causes of waste as the following: paperwork (55 percent), no individual accountability for their own healthcare (49 percent), defensive medicine (46 percent), lack of adhering to evidence-based approaches (40 percent), and extreme end-of-life measures (35 measures). In another March study, Deloitte found that consumers spend $363 billion on healthcare costs, outpacing household and utility costs. Press release