You can save lives and money

Paul Harriman has recently published his paper Timely care for frail older people referred to hospital improves efficiency and improves mortality without the need for extra resources in Age and Ageing journal. Today he describes his findings on the OUP blog:oupblog

There is a truism in the world that quality costs, financially. There is a grain of truth in this statement especially if you think in a linear way. In healthcare this has become embedded thinking and any request for increasing quality is met with a counter-request for more money. In a cash-strapped system the lack of available money then results in behaviour that limits improvement. However, as an ex-colleague once said “we have plenty of money, we just choose to spend it in the wrong places”. This implies that if we were to un-spend it in the wrong place we would have plenty of spare cash. Continue reading