"Unnecessary discretionary care linked to healthy people" is wrongly blamed for most of inflation. People are not running around having "recreational colonoscopies."

— Ken Thorpe, PhD, a professor of health policy at Emory University (Atlanta), discussing his ideas on the current and future economic impact of chronic diseases and the implication of those costs on healthcare reform, "Chronic care still the center of healthcare cost problem," pp 1, 5, 9.