‘Canadian hospitals that spent the most on patient care may be getting a bigger bang for the buck than their U.S. counterparts, researchers suggested. Study results reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association compared patient outcomes at Canadian hospitals that spent more on care, and those that spent less. It found patients in the first category had lower death rates and were less likely to be admitted to intensive care.
Research on the U.S. healthcare system, however, has shown that higher spending at hospital systems doesn’t guarantee better results, according to the study’s author, Thérèse Stukel.
“When we spend more, and when we place these specialized resources, we’re doing it in an efficient way,” Stukel, a senior scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, told Bloomberg News. “That’s in contrast to the U.S.”’
The original study (citation follows) is available from JAMA. As this is a subscription resource you will need to contact your institutions librarian for access.
Stukel, T.A., Fisher, E.S., Alter, D.A., Guttmann, A., Ko, D.T., Fung, K., Wodchis, W.P., Baxter, N.N., Earle, C.C., & Lee, D.S. (2012). Association of Hospital Spending Intensity With Mortality and Readmission Rates in Ontario Hospitals. Journal of the American Medical Association, 307(10):1037-1045. doi: 10.1001/jama.2012.265.