US Hospitals Spend At Least Double Other Countries on Billing and Administration

Steffie Woolhandler MD MPH Professor at the School of Public Health and Hunter College, CUNY; Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School Cambridge HospitalMedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Steffie Woolhandler MD MPH
Professor School of Public Health and Hunter College, CUNY;
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School Cambridge Hospital

Medical Research: What are the main findings of the study?

Dr. Woolhandler: In 2011, U.S. hospitals spent $215 billion on
billing and administration. Meanwhile, other
countries spent far less. None of the other
seven countries we studied spent even half as
much as the U.S., and they all have modern, high
quality hospitals. While we spent nearly
$700 per capita on hospital paperwork, Scotland
and Canada spent less than $200. This means
that if U.S. hospitals ran as efficiently as
Canada’s, the average family of four would save
$2,000 annually on health care.
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