The Resource Constraining national health care expenditures : achieving quality care at an affordable cost, Comptroller General of the United States

Constraining national health care expenditures : achieving quality care at an affordable cost, Comptroller General of the United States

Label
Constraining national health care expenditures : achieving quality care at an affordable cost
Title
Constraining national health care expenditures
Title remainder
achieving quality care at an affordable cost
Statement of responsibility
Comptroller General of the United States
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
GAO reviewed the factors which contributed to increases in national health care expenditures to determine: (1) what efforts have been attempted in the public and private sectors to constrain expenditures; and (2) what methods could be used to minimize the costs of the health care system without reducing the access to quality care. GAO found that: (1) national health expenditures have increased from $27 billion in 1960 to over $387 billion in 1984; (2) spending increases continue to outpace the general inflation rate; (3) the impact of health planning legislation to regulate bed supply showed that efforts to control the number of hospital beds have had little impact on costs; (4) the rapid development of expensive medical technology has also contributed to increased expenditures; and (5) alternative delivery systems could prevent costly hospitalization when community-based care could minimize health care spending by controlling access to more expensive specialists. GAO also found that: (1) the emergence of a profit-oriented health industry may adversely effect the quality of care patients receive because of the providers' concerns to maximize profits; (2) a substantial amount of care has been either medically unnecessary or inappropriate; (3) extensive health insurance coverage has encouraged patients to demand more health care and has reduced concern about the relative costs of care; (4) prospective payment systems increased provider efficiency by making them operate within a predetermined budget constraint; (5) payments for capital costs have also tended to increase health care expenditures; and (6) cost-containment efforts that encourage the use of outpatient services may obviate some of the expenditure problems
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
OCLCE
Government publication
federal national government publication
Index
no index present
LC call number
RA410.53
LC item number
.U58 1985
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
FF4311
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
United States
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Medical care
  • Medical care, Cost of
  • Medical care
  • Medical care
  • Medical care
  • Medical care, Cost of
  • United States
  • Economics, Medical
  • Health Services
  • Cost Control
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • United States
Label
Constraining national health care expenditures : achieving quality care at an affordable cost, Comptroller General of the United States
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "September 30, 1985."
  • "GAO/HRD-85-105."
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 302 pages)
Form of item
online
Lccn
86601130
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)606489654
  • (OCoLC)ocn606489654
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Constraining national health care expenditures : achieving quality care at an affordable cost, Comptroller General of the United States
Publication
Note
  • "September 30, 1985."
  • "GAO/HRD-85-105."
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 302 pages)
Form of item
online
Lccn
86601130
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)606489654
  • (OCoLC)ocn606489654
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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