June 15, 2012 | Shannon Brownlee
Mass. has too many hospitals for its own good
Unless Massachusetts finds a way to limit growth in the number of both hospitals and specialists, the state’s efforts to control health care spending are likely to fail, says Shannon Brownlee. How can more hospital beds and more doctors lead to worse care and higher spending? Basic economics would suggest that more hospitals competing with one another would lead to lower costs — but that’s not the case in health care.