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Competition and Choice Improve Care and Save Lives, Study Says


Heinz College Professor Martin Gaynor co-authored a study on hospital competition and patient choice and the effects on health care outcomes.

"This research shows that once restrictions on patients’ choice in England’s National Health Service were lifted, those requiring heart bypass surgery became more responsive to the quality of care available at different hospitals. This gave hospitals a greater incentive to improve quality and resulted in lower mortality rates. In short—the introduction of choice and competition saved lives."

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