ProPublica has been researching why the U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world.
One answer – broadly – is waste – some of it buried in practices that the medical establishment and the rest of us take for granted.
We’ve documented how hospitals often discard pricey new supplies – how nursing homes trash valuable medications after patients pass away or move out and how drug companies create expensive combinations of cheap drugs.
Experts estimate such squandering eats up about $765 billion a year – as much as a quarter of all the country’s health care spending.
What if the system is destroying drugs that are technically ‘expired’ but could still be safely used?