Should Patients Be Allowed to Direct Their Own Care?

From Citizen Economists:

Some people have suggested that one way to prevent the wasteful costs of healthcare is to have a menu of treatment options, with their costs, that is presented to the patient. For example, when you are admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, the physician typically orders tons of tests, medications, and nursing orders. Most often you will likely have an intravenous fluid running, be on a stool softener, multivitamins, pain medications, daily blood work, etc. But all of these treatments and medications have a cost.

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