Eliminating "Waste" in Health Care

Fuchs, Victor R.
December 2009
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;12/9/2009, Vol. 302 Issue 22, p2481
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the plan of U.S. President Barack Obama to remove the so called waste in the health care system in an effort to reduce medical care costs. He claims that although Obama's goal of reducing health care spending is positive, identifying and eliminating waste will be complex and difficult. He presents two definitions of medical care waste, along with the factors that make health care waste identification problematic. The author argues that presidents should consider the challenges of implementing policies when planning to remove waste.


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