"We have long known that some places...offer high-quality care at costs below average."
--Barak Obama, 09-09-2010, Joint Session of Congress
“[O]ne of the biggest signals of inefficiency in American health care is the massive regional variation in cost and health outcomes…yet the higher cost areas and hospitals don’t generate better outcomes than the lower-cost ones. The result is an estimated $700 billion a year spent on health care that does nothing to improve patient health.”
-- Peter Orszag, OMB blog post, 05-28-2009
It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us into trouble. It's the things we know that just ain't so.
--Josh Billings, and several others
This is a point that Buz Cooper has been making all along. These arguments may seem a tad wonky--and I suppose they are--but the crucial issue is that the original findings of the Dartmouth Atlas study were very prominent in justifying the new health care control law--and now it's announced those results were unreliable at best, and more likely just plain wrong.