Insufficient Quality for Our Health Care Dollar

If American consumers got consistently excellent outcomes and high patient satisfaction in return for our high health care spending, we might consider this spending to be a “good value.” However, when comparing outcomes in the U.S. to other industrialized countries, the evidence shows a mixed bag. The U.S. is doing relatively well in some areas—such as cancer care—and less well in others—such as mortality from treatable and preventable conditions.  

There are numerous aspects of health care quality that need to be addressed: 

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