Los Angeles Times

Consumer Confidential: The insanity of covering a $50,000 knee operation but not a relatively cheap injection

Why give someone with bum knees a once-a-year injection costing as little as a few hundred bucks when you can instead make them undergo complicated knee-replacement surgery costing tens of thousands of dollars?

That, in a nutshell, is one reason the U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world.

It's also where Hollywood resident Jere Rosenberg finds himself.

The 69-year-old has painful osteoarthritis in his knees, often making it difficult to get around. It's the most common form of arthritis, affecting about 27 million Americans. Cartilage in the joint breaks down as you get older and

Stai leggendo un'anteprima, registrati per continuare a leggere.

Altro da Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times3 min letti
Ivica Zubac Says The 'Negative Talk' Can Be A Motivation To Clippers
LOS ANGELES — There was no possible way for Ivica Zubac to know how the Los Angeles Clippers will play in the upcoming season after one day of training camp. The first group practice isn't expected until Sunday, once several days of individual workou
Los Angeles Times6 min letti
Decades After His Famous Dinner, The Once-restless André Gregory Writes Of Inner Peace
"This Is Not My Memoir" by Andre Gregory and Todd London; FSG (212 pages, $27) ___ To philosophize, as philosophers have told us, is to learn how to live and how to die. For Andre Gregory, a stage director with a deep ruminative streak, the purpose o
Los Angeles Times2 min lettiMedical
Kauai Requires You To Quarantine, Perhaps In A ‘Bubble Resort’
Hawaiian officials have stiffened restrictions on travelers to Kauai, requiring nonessential visitors to the island to quarantine for 14 days. That move, which started Wednesday and was prompted by rising U.S. infection rates, sets Kauai apart from i