In this guest column, UTMB’s Dr. Howard Brody writes that “if health care costs had increased only at the rate of the consumer price index during the last 15 years, the average U.S. household would now enjoy an extra $8,410 in annual income, or almost 14 percent more. We have a pretty good idea of where all that extra money in health care costs is going. Recent estimates from many sources all agree that about 30 percent of our present health care budget goes toward tests and treatments that (based on the best scientific evidence) don't benefit patients. So imagine that we had a plan to identify these no-benefit procedures.” The column also appears in the San Marcos Daily Record and the Galveston Daily News.