Administrative costs higher for U.S. doctors, study says

08/4/2011 | Modern Physician (free registration)

A Health Affairs report showed U.S. physicians, especially those in small practices, spend about $82,975 on payer-related administrative duties, compared with just $22,205 spent by their Canadian counterparts, who deal with a single-payer system. Researchers said, however, that the U.S. system does provide value through competition, innovation and choice and that practices such as prior authorization can reduce inappropriate care and lead to better quality and lower costs.

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