Health-care waste, cost and more cost

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Health-care waste

NEHI, a Cambridge-based  independent national non-profit  working on health care innovation, published a three-part plan for reducing health-care waste, or cutting wasteful medical spending by $84 billion a year nationwide, attacking emergency department overuse, unnecessary hospital readmissions and  medication errors.

Doctors and patients talking cost

Dr. Leslie Ramirez of leslieslist.org writes on Kevinmd.com:
“Why don’t patients and their doctors talk about healthcare costs?

“Choose the best answer:

A. The doctor doesn’t bring it up.
B. Patients are too embarrassed to say cost is a concern.
C. Patients assume docs can’t do anything to address the cost.
D. Doctors don’t have sufficient knowledge to discuss costs.
E. All of the above

Correct answer: E

Dennis Grace writes on the same blog:

“Knowledge of the cost of care is becoming an important component of bedside manner. Most anyone over forty has had the experience of a doctor cheerfully prescribing a drug that would cost fifteen dollars a day or blithely ordering a test that costs as much as a used car. Until 1998, apparently, doctors just weren’t taught to take costs into consideration. Before that time, doctors who did know about the costs were real go-getters.” More