Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Chattanooga, released a report arguing that continued investment in healthcare services in Tennessee won't translate into better outcomes. The report cited a number of studies that found outcomes were not improved and were sometimes diminished when more money was spent on care. These studies included a large study of Medicare patients that compared the amount spent on treatment with outcomes; that study was published Feb. 18 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Money spent on increasing services would be better spent on factors that have a greater effect on health, such as encouraging healthy behaviors, the report concluded. In particular, the report called on the state to consider increasing spending on primary and secondary education. Read the Feb. 18 study. -- by Vince Galloro
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