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Top-Spending Hospitals Save More Lives After Heart Attack
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When hospitalized for a major acute medical condition—including heart attack, stroke and pneumonia—patients were less likely to die in high-spending hospitals, according to a study in the Feb. 1 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. The findings suggest that while regions spending more on healthcare generally produce no better care, specific types of medical spending save lives, explains John Romley, PhD, an author of the study and an economist with the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California.