Looks like the stimulus bill has a feature that'll create action that might help get us healthier and reduce health care costs.
The folks at Consumers Union/Consumer Reports have found that a lot of medical care doesn't do much good while costing a lot of money.
The new stimulus bill creates a group which will look at this, a good started, reported as U.S. to Compare Medical Treatments :
The $787 billion economic stimulus bill approved by Congress will, for the first time, provide substantial amounts of money for the federal government to compare the effectiveness of different treatments for the same illness.
Under the legislation, researchers will receive $1.1 billion to compare drugs, medical devices, surgery and other ways of treating specific conditions. The bill creates a council of up to 15 federal employees to coordinate the research and to advise President Obama and Congress on how to spend the money.
The program responds to a growing concern that doctors have little or no solid evidence of the value of many treatments. Supporters of the research hope it will eventually save money by discouraging the use of costly, ineffective treatments.