Navigation Links
US physicians spend nearly 4 times more on health insurance costs than Canadian counterparts
Date:8/3/2011

ITHACA, N.Y. U.S. physicians spend nearly $61,000 more than their Canadian counterparts each year on administrative expenses related to health insurance, according to a new study by researchers at Cornell University and the University of Toronto.

The study, published in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs, found that per-physician costs in the U.S. averaged $82,975 annually, while Ontario-based physicians averaged $22,205 primarily because Canada's single-payer health care system is simpler.

Canadian physicians follow a single set of rules, but U.S. doctors grapple with different sets of regulations, procedures and forms mandated by each health insurance plan or payer. The bureaucratic burden falls heavily on U.S. nurses and medical practice staff, who spend 20.6 hours per physician per week on administrative duties; their Canadian counterparts spend only 2.5 hours.

"The magnitude of that difference is what is interesting," said co-author Sean Nicholson, Cornell professor of policy analysis and management in the College of Human Ecology. "It's the nurse time and the clerical time, rather than physician time, that's different. That's driving the increased costs."

The authors offer ideas U.S. policymakers and health insurers could use to streamline inefficiencies and reduce administrative costs. Chief among them: standardize transactions and conduct them electronically. Physical mail, faxes and telephone calls can slow practices down, according to Nicholson. The result is an additional $27 billion spent every year in the U.S. when compared to the costs incurred by physicians in Canada.

"We're not saying that these extra $27 billion are wasted," Nicholson said. "Health insurance companies put some of these rules in place to keep health care costs down. The $27 billion of 'extra' cost to physicians have to be balanced against some of the benefits that come from following these rules."

Nicholson said the study should be used to examine which rules make cost-benefit sense, and which rules need reform. "That's what we hope will come out of this," he said, "that informed decisions can be made by private and public health care insurers about what really works and what is not worth the money."


'/>"/>

Contact: Syl Kacapyr
vpk6@cornell.edu
607-255-7701
Cornell University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. MedPage Today(R) What Your Physicians Are Reading
2. The Case for the iPad: Mobile Charge Capture for Physicians
3. WebMD Launches New Version of Free Mobile Application for Physicians
4. Pay-for-performance programs show positive impact on low-performing physicians
5. Short on specialized intensive care physicians, team-based approach improves ICU outcomes
6. New Book Gives Physicians the Business Know-how to Find the Right Medical Practice
7. Dr. Alesia Wagner of U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group Re-elected to Board of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California
8. AMA: Physicians Outraged at Todays Steep Medicare Cut
9. Why do physicians order costly CTs? Ultrasound yields better diagnosis, safer, less costly
10. SDI Reports: Nearly a Third Of Physicians Use Handheld and Smartphone Devices to Access Medical Information - Physicians Most Likely to be Using Apple iPhone
11. Physicians come together on National Colorectal Cancer Awareness and Screening Day
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... Donuts Franchising Company LLC, announced the first national #QuackGivesBack campaign which supported ... , “This was our first franchise-wide Quack Gives Back initiative, and ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... ... CURE Media Group, the nation’s leading digital and print media enterprise focused ... in efforts to combat lung cancer, announced CURE Media Group President Michael J. Hennessy, ... is honored to team up with Upstage Lung Cancer in order to make major ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... SunView ... customers and employees that are both engaging and easy to use. Coming off ... the software company revealed today its plans to roll out new AI-powered self-service ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... , ... STAT courier is pleased to announce that due to customer demand, ... expanding their presence in Dallas. One of the most exciting parts for STAT is ... the Dallas and Forth Worth market. STAT takes pride in treating their employees with ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Vida Health, the digital health platform that ... Canvas Ventures . Other investors include Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) and returning investor ... more consumers who are managing chronic conditions or simply want to improve ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... Dec. 8, 2016  EIP Pharma, LLC ( ... proof-of-mechanism for neflamapimod (previously code named VX-745), with ... clinical trials that demonstrated significant Alzheimer,s disease relevant ... treatment) and Study 303 (6-week treatment) are the ... Alzheimer,s Disease (CTAD) scientific conference in ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... A Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant ... (NIH) to Phoenix -based NeuroEM Therapeutics, ... grant will seek to determine an optimal set of ... waves to treat Alzheimer,s Disease. The grant will also ... treat other neurologic disorders such as Parkinson,s Disease and ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... New York , December 8, 2016 ... global Diabetes Injection Pens Market is expected to ... compared to US$4.9 bn in 2015. Between the forecast years ... rise at a CAGR of 7.9%. The leading players operating ... A/S, Eli Lilly and Company, AstraZaneca plc., Biocon Ltd., and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: