Administrative costs in U.S. healthcare have risen dramatically since 1970, as this graph by Dr. David U. Himmelstein and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler of the City University of New York School of Public Health illustrates. Himmelstein and Woolhandler discuss this issue at length in â€œCosts of Health Care Administration in the United States and Canadaâ€? in the New England Journal of Medicine (2003;349:768-75), where they show such costs now account for 31 percent of U.S. health spending. Graph courtesy of Physicians for a National Health Program (pnhp.org).
Vol. 13, Issue 3
Maryland Medicine, the quarterly publication of MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society