Keeping Healthcare Costs Down with Help from Doctors and Nurses

The state of American healthcare is clearly evolving, but still not quickly enough for some. With healthcare costs having risen steadily for decades, even basic procedures often strain the budgets of insurers or patients who are forced to bear the costs themselves. While there have been many proposals regarding how to keep the costs of care down while ensuring that every patient receives what he or she needs, sometimes it is the fundamentals, rather than novel ideas, that end up making the most difference.

As their LinkedIn page shows, for example, one hospital group in Massachusetts has been doing an admirable job of delivering high quality care without suffering so much from the ballooning costs that weigh down so many others. For nearly a hundred years, the hospital has found ways of serving local communities well and in cost effective fashion.

Just what that boils down to is a number of distinct things. For one, hospitals and other healthcare organizations that perform so well tend to look to their physicians and nurses for direction. While professional hospital administrators and executives might consider themselves well suited to keeping costs down, this does not always turn out to be the case. Quite often, the ways by which these individuals stand apart and distinct from the provision of care itself leads to unnecessary waste and too many missed opportunities.

Those involved in hands-on fashion with the actual provision of healthcare, on the other hand, inevitably have some valuable perspective to share. By keeping doctors and nurses included in the loop at all times, organizations that are committed to providing quality care in affordable fashion thereby improve their chances significantly.

This type of engagement also tends to reveal when well intentioned but poorly informed ideas might end up causing more difficulty and harm than good. While some administrators and healthcare leaders are thoroughly committed to helping keep costs under control, they do not always have the grounding in the realities of medical care that they need to deliver. Doctors and nurses who are encouraged to provide feedback and help direct and refine any such efforts will often make success a good deal more likely.