"http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060516/ap_on_he_me/medicare_expenses" [Broken] article reminded me of The Spirit Catches You, And You Fall Down I wonder if Lia is still alive. "There's a lot of concern about medical errors," Wennberg said. "If you hospitalize people twice as often in a community on a per capita basis, you have twice the risk of having a medical error problem." Wennberg said another policy ramification for the government to consider is hospital capacity. The more hospital beds there are per capita, the greater the likelihood the patient will be admitted. "We need to redirect resources away from acute care and invest in infrastructure that can better coordinate and integrate care outside of hospitals — for example, home health and hospice care," the report said. The researchers concluded that the federal government could save tens of billions of dollars a year, plus improve care, if it took steps to prevent the overuse of health care.