US health experts discuss setting up a centre for effectiveness

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 03 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:921
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. Washington, DC

    The possibility of setting up a centre to evaluate the effectiveness of health care in the United States was discussed at a Capitol Hill policy forum in Washington, DC, last week.

    The participants at the forum, which was organised by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Commonwealth Fund, thought that such a centre could be useful because of the escalation in spending on health care—in absolute terms and relative to the economy—and because health outcomes in the US were often poorer than those in other industrialised democracies that spent far …

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