This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

April 10, 2008

Researchers Find Huge Variations in End-of-Life Treatment

New research shows huge, unexplained variations in the amount, intensity and cost of care provided to Medicare patients with chronic illnesses at the nation’s top academic medical centers, raising the possibility that the government could save large amounts of money.
In a report being issued on Monday, Dartmouth researchers say that total Medicare spending in the last two years of life ranges from an average of $93,842 for patients who receive most of their care at U.C.L.A. Medical Center to $53,432 at the Mayo Clinic’s main teaching hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

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