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US report blames poor quality control for soaring healthcare costs

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7352.1478/d (Published 22 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1478
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    A two year study by the Juran Institute, an industrial management consulting firm in Connecticut, has found that $390bn (£265bn; €415bn) a year is being wasted on outmoded and inefficient medical procedures in the United States.

    The study was commissioned by the Midwest Business Group on Health, an 11 state coalition of large public and private employers, working together to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services.

    The 88 page study found that 30% of all direct healthcare spending was the result of poor quality care—primarily overuse, misuse, and …

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