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Improving Return on Investment in Health Care by Reducing Overuse and Misuse—Large Employers’ Perspectives

By Helen Darling
August 10, 2012 | Commentary

As politicians face the disturbing consequences of high health care costs on federal, state, and local budgets, the need to act will likely drive unwise decisions. Typical responses to severe cost pressures, as we have seen in state legislatures and the Congress, are blunt cuts that often affect the most vulnerable and those without political power. Changes that take waste out of the system, such as not paying for clearly ineffective or redundant care, will be resisted by affected economic stakeholders.

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