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Squeezing Costs out of Healthcare Tops PricewaterhouseCoopers' List of Health Industry Issues in 2010
Date:12/17/2009

NEW YORK, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute's Top 10 Health Industry Issues in 2010, puts healthcare cost control at the head of the list as the overarching theme for the year ahead.

"Healthcare typically lags trends in the business cycle by a year or more. While flat may be the new growth for other sectors of the U.S. economy, the recession could hit healthcare in 2010," said David Chin, M.D., partner and leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute. "The primary emphasis for all healthcare organizations in the year ahead will be on reducing costs and creating greater value in the health system, a focus that will have a domino effect from one sector to another and redefine roles, responsibilities and relationships."

Each year, PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute publishes its top issues across all health industry sectors. The report includes trends affecting insurers, hospitals, physicians and other providers, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, as well as the growing number of non-traditional market participants converging into the healthcare space. This year's top 10 issues are:

  1. Intense effort to reduce healthcare costs -- No stone will be left unturned. Hospitals, physicians, and other providers will look to squeeze every penny out of their operations and supply chains, renegotiating purchasing agreements and contracts with suppliers on everything from food services to medical
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