Researchers need more evidence to determine the connection between health care quality and cost. The nation's heath care costs are rising at an unsustainable rate, making it a priority to control costs. But there is uncertainty as to whether improvements in quality will cause costs to go up or down.
Researchers reviewed 61 published studies to determine the association between health care quality and cost. Of 61 included studies, 21 reported a positive or mixed-positive association between higher cost and quality; 18 reported a negative or mixed-negative association between higher cost and quality; and 22 reported no difference, an indeterminate association, or a mixed association.
The limited evidence available suggests no clear relationship between cost and quality. The researchers conclude that more research is needed, focusing on what types of spending are most effective in improving quality and what types of spending are wasteful.
The authors of an accompanying editorial addressing efficient use of health care resources agree that more detailed and timely data is needed to make good medical, operational, and policy decisions. They call for provider organizations to be more transparent about the cost and price of services and for physicians to actively seek the information. They also suggest that those who fund research should support studies that evaluate cost and quality of interventions.
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posted by Kareem K on 7 Jan 2013 at 5:03 am
The soaring cost of health care is a major concern in nowadays.Many patients cannot access to expert treatment following the unaffordable cost of medical care.All medical providers rising the cost of treatment in each day.As far as the poor people the differentiation between law cost and high cost is utterly meaningless.None of the health care services not affordable for the majority of common people.
Kareem K Gen.Convener, Blood Patients Protection Council(BPPC) Phoenix Sailam
Health care quality is very subjective. Medical folks would base it on outcomes...those who are treated...well, they base "quality" on how they are treated.
So...hospitals with a great consumer focus (i.e. the patient is never wrong focus)and a trendy/calming/soothing environment with waterfalls and lost of plants (designed by some company whose goal is making patients happy, rather than well) will have positive ratings from patients...despite the possibility that their outcomes are poor.
Hospitals with great outcomes (related to the health condition being treated) may have negetaive ratings based on how patients perceive they were treated.
So...for this report, I want to see who was asked about quaility. And how quaility is defined.
By the way, I'm a health writer...and I care about this issue...A LOT.
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