New Initiatives Needed to Support US Healthcare Reform, says Report

21 July 2009 (Last Updated July 21st, 2009 18:30)

Telemedicine and workplace clinics in the US might be more effective in reforming the healthcare system than insuring everyone, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The health industry can improve care and lower costs through public-private efforts, PwC said.

Telemedicine and workplace clinics in the US might be more effective in reforming the healthcare system than insuring everyone, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

The health industry can improve care and lower costs through public-private efforts, PwC said.

The report also found that expanding insurance coverage will exacerbate deficiencies in the health system, such as labour shortages.

PwC also said that misuse of emergency rooms by patients increased when the ratio of insured patients was higher, Reuters reports.