Bureaucracy consumes up to 33% of total healthcare spending in the U.S., according to two new studies. In a study being published in tomorrow's New England Journal of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Canadian Institute for Health Information report that administrative costs in the U.S. healthcare system -- including insurers, providers, employers' benefits programs and other segments of the system -- equaled $294.3 billion in 1999, or $1,059 per American. A separate study being released by Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer advocacy organization, and conducted in conjunction with Harvard estimated that $399.4 billion was spent on U.S. healthcare bureaucracy in 2003. -- by Tony Fong
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