Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare Project

From the Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare Project:


Huge inefficiencies in the U.S. health care system are hamstringing the nation’s ability to expand access to care, according to a new analysis of Medicare spending by researchers of the Dartmouth Atlas Project, published February 26, 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Many experts have blamed the growth in spending on advances in medical technology. But the differences in growth rates across regions show that advancing technology is only part of the explanation. Patients in high-cost regions have access to the same technology as those in low-cost regions, and those in low-cost regions are not deprived of needed care. On the contrary, the researchers note that care is often better in low-cost areas. The authors argue that the differences in growth are largely due to discretionary decisions by physicians that are influenced by the local availability of hospital beds, imaging centers and other resources-and a payment system that rewards growth and higher utilization.

Ambulance Driver Ran Over Sleeping Man

From JEMS:

Los Angeles police are trying to find the driver of an ambulance that ran over and killed a man sleeping in a driveway.

Police are asking for the public’s help to track down the driver involved in last Thursday’s incident.

A witness told police that 45-year-old David Ronald Bork was sleeping in the rear driveway of a business when a private ambulance struck him but did not stop to help.

Bork died at the scene of extensive head trauma.

Police say there might have been a passenger in the ambulance.