Researcher has found that over-diagnosis and over-treatment of depression is common in Americans. Read more…
Researchers found that the U.S. hospitals get more profit when the surgery goes wrong as compared to the condition when all the tasks go well and patients go home without any complications.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Quite disturbing report but one of the points to consider in healthcare system is that the finances spent on that industry have to be properly planned.
Do you know nearly $400 billion is spent on the surgical procedures annually, in U.S. only?
For the past few years, effective methods and ways to cut the complications have been introduced in so many researches but hospitals were found slow in getting and implementing those ways. Now researchers have found that finances could be one of the reasons.
“We found clear evidence that reducing harm and improving quality is perversely penalized in our current health care system,” Sunil Eappen, study author and chief medical officer of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, said in a statement.
Researchers found that privately insured surgical patients with complications provided hospitals nearly 330% more profit as compared to the patients with no complications. Medicare patients with some complications provided more than 190% margin.
“It’s been known that hospitals are not rewarded for quality. But it hadn’t been recognized exactly how much more money they make when harm is done,” said senior author Atul Gawande, director of Ariadne Labs, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at HSPH and a surgeon at BWH.
It means reducing complications decreases financial achievements of the hospitals.
“This is clear indication that health care payment reform is necessary,” said Gawande. “Hospitals should gain, not lose, financially from reducing harm.”
I think we have to study the same thing in other developed countries.
Eappen, S. (2013). Relationship Between Occurrence of Surgical Complications and Hospital Finances JAMA, 309 (15) DOI: 10.1001/jama.2013.2773
Researchers from US Defense Department found that the pilots of Drone, even controlling the machine from a large distance, are equally susceptible to mental health problems and disorders such as anxiety, depression, and stress just as the traditional manned pilots.
The study has been conducted by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center and The New York Times reported that the authors have several possible explanations. “Remotely piloted aircraft pilots may stare at the same piece of ground for days,” co-author Jean Lin Otto told the Times. “They witness the carnage. Manned aircraft pilots don’t do that. They get out of there as soon as possible.” Read more…
“The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO, said in a statement. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”
The Postal Service saw nearly $16 billion of loss last fiscal year that has been attributed to the huge amounts of payments for future retiree health benefits and the increased number of Americans’ online communications. Read more…
China is expected to overtake U.S. and would become the Apple’s largest market soon as said by Tim Cook, Chief Executive, to a Chinese government news agency on a visit to Beijing.
“China is currently our second largest market. I believe it will become our first. I believe strongly that it will,” the Xinhua news agency reported Tim Cook as saying in an interview. However, the time when it would happen is not clear. Read more…