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Health Care Quality Gap Blamed For Thousands Of Deaths

Annual Report Suggests Polarized Health System

POSTED: 10:11 am EDT September 23, 2004

WASHINGTON -- Routine failure to provide needed health care in the United States came with the price tag of $1.8 billion in additional medical costs and up to 79,000 avoidable deaths, according to a new study.

In its annual report, the private National Committee for Quality Assurance said there was some improvement last year in the care offered by the nation's managed care organizations.

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