Waste in U.S. Healthcare

moneyA recent study suggests that twenty percent of the over two trillion dollars spent annually in the United States on healthcare is being wasted.  The authors, Dr. Donald Berwick (former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) and Andrew Hackbarth (policy analyst for the RAND Corporation), published their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Six categories of waste were identified in the study: failures of care delivery; failures of care coordination; overtreatment; administrative complexity; pricing failures; and fraud and abuse.  The authors state that “the actual total may be far greater” and urge a systematic, comprehensive, and cooperative pursuit of waste reduction which could result in savings higher than those achieved by cuts in care and coverage.  Suggested remedies include adopting known best care processes, reducing excessive use of antibiotics, and simplifying billing procedures, among others.

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