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BY SUSAN ROSENBERG


With the “Obamacare” refOrms starting to move ahead, questions are boiling about their implementation and impacts. Many critics say the current health care system is broken; some call it more of a “health scare system.” Statistics show the US spends twice as much on health care per capita as other devel- oped nations but ranks lower in many measures of health and wellness. In a recent Physicians Foundation survey, 57 percent of young doctors say they’re pessimistic about US health care, citing especially its red tape and insurance costs.


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Meanwhile, as health care policies and finances wend tortu- ously through new rules, an ongoing rush of research could turn the legal evolution into a clinical revolution. The CEO of the Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company recently told a national health and life-sciences conference, “Time and time again, medical innovation has reset the standard for what we can ex- pect from the health care system and from human life.” He de- clared, “We are only at the beginning of what will be known as the biomedical century.”


BRUCIE ROSCH


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