The Low Cost of High Quality Health Care

Thursday, June 18, 2009

President Obama's prescription for health care reform is simple: cut the costs, but keep the quality care. But how would that work in real life for doctors and hospitals? We turn to Dr. Elliott Fisher, professor of medicine and the director of the Center for Health Policy Research at Dartmouth Medical School. He's also the lead investigator for The Dartmouth Atlas, 20-plus year project that examines the wide variation in Medicare use and cost across the nation. He thinks low cost and high quality are not mutually exclusive.


Dr. Elliot Fisher

Hosted by:

Katherine Lanpher and Femi Oke

Comments [1]


How does the Dr. Fisher measure outcome? Is it only life of death? I am curious to know how the study measures success, and if it also includes quality of life. I recently had knee surgery and an MRI that diagnosed the problem need for knee surgery. Without both of these expensive procedures, I wouldn't be able to ride the subway due to the stairs or get around New York by foot, due to the curbs, but I could walk. This means I also couldn't run or do yoga or ride my bike. My point is to know how is this measurement of "success". (Btw there was a similar article in the NYer on the same topic that also didn't define "outcome")

Jun. 18 2009 09:05 AM

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