[ExI] USA Health Costs

David C. Harris dharris234 at mindspring.com
Wed Jun 3 23:35:38 UTC 2009

Tom Nowell wrote:
> Luckily, I have to hand the details of 2008 research into overspending on medicine:
> A team led by Elliott Fisher of Dartmouth Medical School published a paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine vol 138 p288 comparing medicare outcomes and the headline result was this: "For every 10% of additional medicare spending on hip fracture, colorectal cancer and heart attacks, death rates over 5 years rose by between 0.3 and 1.2 per cent."
Did they control for how sick and aged the people were?  Sicker people 
could need more service spending but still be more likely to die earlier. 

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