Various numbers are tossed around to quantify the amount of healthcare spending in the US that is essentially wasted money – or, worse, money spent on healthcare that is potentially harmful. Understanding the sources of waste is critical to employer-driven efforts to improve the US healthcare system. The four studies summarized below help illuminate different aspects of waste:
While it may feel like an overwhelming problem, there are steps employers can take right now to address waste.
Combating waste is an area that will require collaboration between employers, health plans, patients, and providers. The benefits are worth the effort: improving patient safety and reducing unnecessary health care costs.
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