In any given conversation about U.S. healthcare, it's almost a sure thing that the word “cost” will quickly come into play, especially given today's political and economic realities. But you'll just as likely hear talk about “quality”—probably complaints about why there's not nearly enough of it in light of our nation's bloated healthcare spending.
So are cost and quality correlated? Of course they are, with study after study pointing to subpar care—and all its attendant extra services and expense—as helping to drive the cost curve ever higher. Think of hospital-acquired infections and needless readmissions as just two examples.