Obviously health care reform is one of the biggest issues that this nation is struggling to deal with. Generalized resistance to change combined with powerful interests protecting the bottom line for their stockholders has turned the debate into a festival of monumental hyperbole. For example-the previous sentence. Anyway....
Here is a fine example of a country finding an effective way to reduce costs and improve health outcomes. Norway decide to fight infections by reducing the use of anti-biotics. And it worked!
The problem is, I don't see an approach like this working in the good old U.S of A. I imagine that a host of pressures would interfere. The big pharm companies certainly would not be too keen on a health care approach that involved using less of their product. An American with a cough coupled with the oh too common expectation of a quick fix would more than likely resent being told "Yep, you are sick. Go home and wait it out". Instead they would demand to be given a marginally effective (for their case) antibiotic that might provide a slightly quicker recovery. I could also see the fear of lawyers circling, begging for a reason to sue, would cause more arguments against this approach.
Anyway, give the article a read
Norway is cool