Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cleveland Clinic in the spotlight

From the Wall Street Journal article:
According to a study of U.S. medical-cost patterns known as the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, chronically ill patients in the last two years of life cost Medicare $55,000 on average when they are treated at the Cleveland Clinic, tens of thousands of dollars less than at many highly-ranked academic medical centers.

"We should ask why places like the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and other institutions can offer the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm," the president wrote in a letter to Sens. Edward Kennedy and Max Baucus last month. "We need to learn from their successes."
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