If British hospitals have improved their cardiac care, what are U.S. hospitals doing? The Fund’s survey did find that the public reporting of hospital data was one of the few bright spots for the U.S. Hospitals account for one-third of the more than $2 trillion health care bill. Much of that money has been spent competing with other hospitals and erecting new buildings to house more and bigger technology.

People are beginning to realize that the U.S. spends the most money in the world on health care while getting far less than other nations. But the media haven’t yet connected all the dots. Reporters should take to the trail laid by the Beacon Journal and The Commonwealth Fund. CJR will be watching to throw out some Laurels for stories that do.

Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.