Deficit: Cut medical devices to curb health care spending, Harvard researchers say

August 29, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Expensive medical devices are to blame for rampant growth in health care spending, Harvard researchers say.

Harvard School of Public Health

Health care spending could be curbed by doctors cutting back on expensive medical devices rather than slashing Medicare and Medicaid, according to Harvard researchers.

Speaking in advance of next month's Congressional supercommittee meeting, aimed at reducing budget deficits by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years, Harvard Medical School professors and economists Katherine Baicker and Amitabh Chandra pointed the finger at medical devices as a driver of rampant health care costs.

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