Canadian Study Links Higher Payments, Better Outcomes
Higher-spending Canadian hospitals produced better patient outcomes than those that spent less, according to a recent Journal of the American Medical Association study. Researchers found that the higher-spendingÂ hospitals often were academic medical centers in urban communities with greater use of evidence-based care, skilled nursing and critical care staff, more intensive specialist services and advanced technology. The researchers noted that higher spending in U.S. hospitals might not guarantee the same benefit.
- "Canadian Hospitals That Spend More on Patients Get More" (Armstrong, Bloomberg, 3/14).
- "More Spending Equals Better Care - in Canada" (Pittman, Reuters, 3/13).
- "Best Care May Be at Hospitals That Spend Most" (Neale, MedPage Today, 3/13).