Let’s hope that 5th x-ray was necessary…

Newsflash, physicians who spend more on hospitalized patient care saw no improvement in patient outcomes compared to those who spend less. The study, conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, analyzed Medicare spending across 72,000+ physicians and 3,000+ hospitals, tracking mortality and readmission rates over a 3-year-period. Researchers not only found that spending varied more across individual physicians than across hospitals, but also the cost of tests, imaging studies and other procedures varied up to 10.5% among doctors. More spending with no decrease in patient mortality or hospital readmission rates. The US has long taken the cake for wasteful healthcare spending. Needing what we buy? That’s just crazy.

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