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Date:1/8/2008

of excessive administration," he said.

In another study in the same journal issue, researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that the United States ranked last of 19 developed countries when it came to deaths from conditions that could have been prevented by timely and effective health care.

The study looked at deaths from treatable conditions before age 75 between 1997 and 1998 and between 2002 and 2003.

The researchers found a 16 percent drop in deaths in the 18 other countries, but only a 4 percent decline in the United States. While many factors may contribute to this finding, "comparatively poor performance of the U.S. health-care system" is a factor, the researchers said.

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For more on Medicare, visit the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.



SOURCES: Jan. 7, 2008, teleconference with: Cathy Cowan, economist, Richard Foster, chief actuary, National Health Statistics Group, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the Actuary, Baltimore; Sidney M. Wolfe M.D., director, Health Research Group of Public Citizen, Washington, D.C.; January/February 2008 Health Affairs


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