Economy Rockford: Why Fostering Quality Healthcare Could Decrease Costs

23 News medical expert Dr. Bill Gorski says most of us are paying for our healthcare based on quantity rather than quality. Most doctors and hospitals are paid based on the amount of procedures they do – the greater the number the more they’re paid. In order to make informed choices and ensure better quality, Gorski thinks patients need to know how well different hospitals or doctors are performing.

Every year the United States spends more than $7,000 on healthcare per person. Japan spends about $3,400 per person. The quality of care is higher in Japan and life expectancy and recovery rates for major diseases are also better than the U.S.

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