Pricey healthcare: Studies show U.S. costs are higher, benefits lower-with blame for all

September 2011
Modern Healthcare;9/26/2011, Vol. 41 Issue 39, p17
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The author comments on the rising U.S. health care costs but lower benefits. A study published in the periodical "Health Affairs" found that the amount paid by Medicare for primary-care office visits was 27% higher than foreign public payers. Amid the blaming and resistance from health providers, he believes that the cost control measures required of them are modest and gradual. He adds that the new deficit-reduction measures will reduce health programs instead of targeting high spending.


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