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Increase in US healthcare costs should be no more than growth rate of economy, report says

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f233 (Published 14 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f233
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Major changes in the way healthcare is delivered and paid for in the United States can improve the quality of care, result in better outcomes, and generate savings of more than $2 trillion over the next decade, concludes a report from the Commonwealth Fund, released on 10 January.1

Problems had arisen from a fragmented healthcare system that was expensive and didn’t deliver high quality care, said David Blumenthal, the fund’s president. The report’s 10 recommendations fall into three broad categories, with the goal of reining in annual increases in healthcare spending to no greater than the rate of growth of gross domestic product.

The largest group of savings, $1.3 trillion (£0.8 trillion; €1 trillion), would come from reform of …

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