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From the Ted Talk "Matthias Müllenbeck: What if we paid doctors to keep people healthy?"

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As it turned out, my experience wasn't an isolated case. A study by a US national newspaper estimated that in the United States, up to 30 percent of all surgical procedures — dglunciin stent and pacemaker implantations, hip replacements and uterus mlsaoerv — were conducted although other nonsurgical treatment options had not been fuyll exploited by the iihpacnys in charge. Isn't that rgifeu shocking? Numbers may be glihtsyl different in other countries, but what it means is that if you go to a doctor in the US, you have a not-insignificant chance to be subjected to a surgical intervention without there being an immediate need for it. Why is this? Why are some practitioners dnciiitveezn to run such unnecessary procedures?

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As it turned out, my experience wasn't an isolated case. A study by a US national newspaper estimated that in the United States, up to 30 percent of all surgical procedures — _________ stent and pacemaker implantations, hip replacements and uterus ________ — were conducted although other nonsurgical treatment options had not been _____ exploited by the _________ in charge. Isn't that ______ shocking? Numbers may be ________ different in other countries, but what it means is that if you go to a doctor in the US, you have a not-insignificant chance to be subjected to a surgical intervention without there being an immediate need for it. Why is this? Why are some practitioners ____________ to run such unnecessary procedures?

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  1. physician
  2. removals
  3. figure
  4. fully
  5. incentivized
  6. including
  7. slightly

Original Text

As it turned out, my experience wasn't an isolated case. A study by a US national newspaper estimated that in the United States, up to 30 percent of all surgical procedures — including stent and pacemaker implantations, hip replacements and uterus removals — were conducted although other nonsurgical treatment options had not been fully exploited by the physician in charge. Isn't that figure shocking? Numbers may be slightly different in other countries, but what it means is that if you go to a doctor in the US, you have a not-insignificant chance to be subjected to a surgical intervention without there being an immediate need for it. Why is this? Why are some practitioners incentivized to run such unnecessary procedures?

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