Insufficient Quality for Our Healthcare Dollar

If the U.S. got much better outcomes in return for our extra healthcare spending, we might consider this spending to be a “good value.” However, when comparing the U.S. to other industrialized countries, the evidence shows a mixed bag. The nation 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 is widespread agreement that one quality problem in particular needs immediate, focused attention: care that causes patient harm.

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