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Paying the price: Researchers say health care waste is worse than reported

Research from a team led by Dr. Jonathan FieldingFSPH distinguished professor of health policy and management and Dr. Steven TeutschFSPH adjunct professor of health policy and management, addresses wasteful health care spending in the United States.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019
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Simpler, cheaper 'upstream prevention' — such as installing AC or paying for a taxi ride to the doctor — could save taxpayers

In 2017, health care spending in the United States grew to $3.5 trillion, or nearly 18 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. But not all of this spending actually helps make us healthier. In fact, it is estimated that one-third or more of the country’s health care spending — or more than $1.1 trillion — does not lead to better health outcomes.

In a new research paper published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Mac McCullough and Matthew Speer from the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State Universit, with a team from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health led by Jonathan Fielding and Steven Teutsch — examine the true extent of health care waste in the United States.

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credit: Katherine Reedy, ASU