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New Study Sees Growing Home Health Care As Key to Saving U.S. Billions in Hospital Costs


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A nationwide increase in the use of home health care can save the U.S. billions of dollars in hospital costs, according to the results of a new study conducted by Frank Lichtenberg, the Courtney C. Brown Professor of Business at the Columbia University Gr



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Larry W (9)
Friday January 21, 2011, 11:56 am
I believe the use of home health care will continue to grow. I recently used one. Following a recent surgery, the Dr. was prepared to release me from the hospital the very next day until he learned I live alone. He was very reluctant to then order release. We hit on the home health care as a solution. A nurse would check me daily to ensure proper wound care and lack of infection, and I got to be home. So I don't have an astronomical bill for hospital stay, the hospital has an available bed for someone who needs it, and the home health care outfit made money as well. Everybody wins!
 

Bruno Moreira (61)
Friday January 21, 2011, 8:16 pm
interesting
 

Patricia Geller (34)
Friday January 21, 2011, 11:05 pm
But these often kind and compassionate people need to be paid higher wages for they are expected to do just about anything for their clients that nurses in hospitals would not do.
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 3:39 am
An excellent idea! I am sure that this helps the recovery of patients!
 

Charla D (67)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 8:07 am
I think this is a sensible idea (and perhaps an old one too that's coming around again). Years ago, the only people who were in hospitals were those who were acutely ill or dying, others recuperated at home with the care of family members and visits from the local doctor. Most people recover more quickly at home as it's usually a more comfortable environment than a hospital, not to mention, more sanitary than most hospitals, so there's probably less risk of secondary infections. The added health benefits of being around loved ones and pets can't be underestimated.
 
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