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BOSTON — America wastes a lot of money on useless health care, and doesn’t have enough data on what is really useful, said Dr. Robert Califf, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, at a conference on Wednesday.

“We know that so much of what we do is practically worthless, and the incentives for payment right now often reinforce things that don’t have much value,” Califf told a crowd of hundreds at the World Medical Innovation Forum, a conference hosted by Partners Healthcare. “[But] there weren’t many therapies that were evaluated adequately to actually calculate value.”

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