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Healthcare cost and quality not clearly linked

Monday, January 7, 2013   (0 Comments)
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No clear link between healthcare cost and quality


The relationship between cost and quality is inconsistent, according to 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 per person 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. [


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