No connection between health care quality and cost

A study conducted shows that there is no connection between the quality of health care provided and the cost of that health care. The study compared the costs of a given medical procedure against the length of hospital stay required or against the death rates associated with that procedure. Suprisingly, there not only seemed to be no correlation between an increase cost of health care and an increase in the quality of that care, but the most expensive health care providers actually provided lower quality care in some instances.

The study supports the growing concern that people are having to pay more for health care without receiving any real benefit. One reason for this trend is the way in which health care providers are compensated. Because insurers pay doctors and hospitals by the quantity of procedures they administer, rather than by the quality of the procedures, patients are paying more money for procedures that they may not even need. This increases costs while doing nothing to improve the quality of care that doctors provide.

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Click here for an earlier post on the increasing costs of health care.

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