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Bush tells federal agencies to gather and share data on health quality and cost

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 31 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:464
  1. Janice Tanne
  1. New York

    President George Bush has signed an executive order requiring four federal agencies to collect and share data on healthcare quality and costs and make the data available to users, such as people enrolled in health plans operated or supervised by the federal government.

    Although the president's order called for improvement of the quality and efficiency of health care, it said federal agencies should not incur additional costs for the government. Agencies must begin complying with the order by January 2007.

    The president has often recommended that consumers shop for quality health care at the best price. …

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