The relationship between cost and quality is inconsistent,
Rand Corporation Researcher
Peter S. Hussey and colleagues who analyzed 61 studies of healthcare quality
and the expense of the treatment and care.
Because of rising costs and continuing demands
for cost-cutting, researches writing in The Annals of Internal
Medicine say more study is needed to
discover the specific ways
cost and quality are or are not associated.
A press release quoted in Orthopedics
Today says the average
cost for U.S.
health care services $4,547 in 2011. All
major categories of health care cost rose from 2010, with increases of
1.2 percent in prescription drug prices, 3.3 percent in professional services,
4.6 percent in outpatient services, and 5 percent in outpatient visits. The
cost of inpatient admissions rose 5.5 percent.