Spending less on health still yields good results

Oregon spends less on health than other states, but still produces equal or better results.

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Oregon keeps health spending at a minimum by limiting the amount of hospital stays for patients, without detracting from the quality of care.

Health policy researchers say the nation could learn much from Oregon and a handful of other states that consistently spend less but achieve comparable or better health results than those that spend more.

“Avoiding unnecessary hospital stays is the most important way to reduce spending while increasing quality,” said Dr. Elliot Fisher, director of Dartmouth Medical School’s Center for Health Policy Research. Fisher and colleagues at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice have documented striking regional differences in hospital use and health spending.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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