Expensive Health Care Isn’t Always Best

When it comes to health care, higher costs don’t always mean better care. That’s according to a report published this week by Consumer Reports.

Independent investigators compared quality and cost for 18 primary care groups in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. They found that one of the groups with the lowest costs rated highest for quality of care.

The analysis shows that the old saying "You get what you pay for" doesn’t always apply to health care, says John Santa, MD, who directs the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.

“There were high-quality groups with lower costs and lower-quality groups with high costs,” Santa says.


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