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Report details how to slash administrative costs in US healthcare

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4146 (Published 13 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4146
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

US healthcare administrative costs could be cut by at least a quarter, or $40bn (£26bn; €32bn), a year through integration, coordination, and leadership, according to a report by a pair of Harvard economists and a hospital doctor with close ties to the Obama administration.

“The most common occupation in healthcare [in the US] is office support,” which is an indictment of the scope of the problem, said senior author David Cutler. He was speaking at a forum on 11 June in Washington, DC, at the think tank Center for American Progress, where the report was released.

“If you look at other industries, they are all much more efficient …

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