Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Cost? Who Cares?

I have on occasion observed that no hospital administrator ever got his portrait in the lobby for saving money.

The Sunday, October 28 edition of the Omaha World Herald confirms that. Its lead editorial compliments Nebraska hospitals for “sound strategic thinking.” It gave five examples:

- Regional Collaboration
- Community Outreach
- Cutting Infection Rates
- Technology and Medication Delivery
- Electronic Health Records

But nary a word about cost reduction. Actually, some of those items have probably added cost.

The CEO of a major hospital in another city was recently quoted as expressing the view that people did not want cost to be reduced.

Maybe she's right.

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