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September 20th, 2012
08:38 AM ET

Is a lack of transparency sinking the health care system? Dr. Marty Makary explains

One of the issues central to the presidential election is health care reform and President Obama's landmark legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

With health care premiums continuing to rise each year and many Americans unhappy with the quality of their health care, Dr. Marty Makary says that transparency, not policy, could be the true root of the problem.

In his new book "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care," Dr. Makary writes, "When I listen to health care gurus propose overhauling the health care system with new ways to finance it, I often feel they are tragically off the mark.  The simplest, most economical solution to the problems of our complex system is to empower patients with information."

Dr. Makary sits down with Zoraida on "Early Start" this morning to explain how he thinks health care can be improved and medical mistakes can be prevented.

"According to good studies by doctors, 20% to 30%t of all medications, tests, procedures in health care are completely unnecessary," Makary says. "Patients really need to be empowered to say, hey look do I really need this done? If we’re going to get serious about health care costs and if patients are going to get good quality care we’re going to need to cut the waste in health care, not just pay for it differently."

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