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Documentary examining nation's health-care spending to premiere on PBS Tuesday

Next week, "Money and Medicine," a documentary examining the nation's health-care spending, will premiere on PBS. The film aims to illuminate the waste and over-treatment that burden America's health-care system as well as explore potential methods for curbing medical costs and improving quality of care for patients.

A full description of the documentary is available on the PBS website:

The film was shot at two world-renowned hospitals - UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and Intermountain Medical Center in Utah. The dramatic doctor/patient stories the film captures at these two hospitals illustrate the powerful forces driving excessive medical care as well as proven strategies that can reduce unnecessary medical spending, such as improving the coordination of patient care, facilitating shared patient decision-making, and practicing evidence-based medicine.

At both hospitals, Money & Medicine exposes the painful end-of-life treatment choices made by patients and their families, ranging from very aggressive interventions in the ICU to palliative care at home. The film also investigates the controversy surrounding diagnostic testing and screening as well as the shocking treatment variations among patients receiving a variety of elective procedures.

Watch the above trailer and then tune in on Tuesday to see how the story unfolds.

Previously: Stanford experts argue need for health care, not sick care, Does the Affordable Care Act address our health-cost problem? and Stanford economist Victor Fuchs: Affordable Care Act “just a start”

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