Rand Corporation Study Looks at Link between Health Care Spending and Quality; GE Foundation Donates $1M to Partners for Community Health - Health Minute for January 11, 2013
The link between health care spending and quality is still unclear, according to a new review of past studies by the Rand Corporation. The report analyzes results from 61 studies that compared health care spending with outcomes on both hospital-wide and statewide levels. Twenty-one of the 61 studies showed higher spending was tied to better outcomes for patients, such as fewer deaths. However, 18 studies found a link between more spending and worse outcomes, and 22 showed no difference or an unclear association based on spending, according to findings published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The United States spends more of its budget on health care than any other wealthy nation, but the World Health Organization ranks its health system 37th in the world. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the U.S. spent $2.6 trillion on health in 2010, equal to 18 percent of the country's gross domestic product.
The GE Foundation has donated $1 million to five Houston community health centers, and to Partners for Community Health, bringing its investment to a total of more than $2 million. Part of GE’s Developing Health program, the funding will increase access to primary care in targeted, underserved communities through direct support and system capacity building. Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured people in the country, with one in three residents uninsured.
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