Quality, Cost, and Outcomes

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Cost, access, and quality are the cornerstones of health care delivery, and these issues are the focus of the ongoing debate regarding health care in the United States. We continue to try to find ways to control costs of health care through cost containment initiatives by the government, third-party payers, and employers, and we continue to try to expand access to services. In addition, an alarming rise in medical errors, there is also aa growing focus on quality improvement and safety.


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How do we compare to other countries? The United States has some of the highest costs and unequal access, with only average health outcomes. The graphic below is from The Commonwealth Fund's 2014 report on comparative performance of international health systems. 


Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this module, you will be able to: