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Preventive Care Saves Money? Not Really!

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The idea that spending more on preventive care will reduce overall health care spending is widely believed and often promoted as a reason to support reform. It’s thought that too many people with chronic illnesses wait until they are truly ill before seeking care, often in emergency rooms, where it costs more. It should follow then that treating diseases earlier, or screening for them before they become more serious, would wind up saving money in the long run.

Unfortunately, almost none of this is true!

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Hospitals need to rethink their ED operations if they want to realistically address the sorry state of ED facilities all over the country!

Many ED facilities were designed for a different business, as well as volumes and complexities well below what is expected of a modern ED.

We propose hospitals STOP wasting precious capital and labor on updating facilities and instead delayer their service as shown in the graph below.

The focus of this operational redesign is to untangle the varied services provided by EDs, that currently generate one-size-fits-all patient care funnels, backlogs and extended wait times.

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