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Why Oregon Spends Millions On Low-Value Medical Care


COVID-19 and its treatment aside, the health care system has some issues, you might have noticed.

One of them is the issue of "low-value care," visits and procedures that really do not do anything to improve the health of a patient. By some estimates, a quarter of what goes on in health care is of low value.

A recent report from the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Health Leadership Council tracks low-value care in Oregon, and finds more than half-a-Billion dollars spent over three years. We get into where the money was spent, and what might reduce the waste, in a conversation with Jill Leake of the OHLC and Dr. Dana Hargunani from OHA.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.