N.J.Hospital Dispute Shows Challenges To Controlling Health Costs

A battle over whether to build a new hospital in northeastern New Jersey illustrates the formidable obstacles confronting President Obama and Congress as they try to mine savings from the $2.5 trillion health care system, Kaiser Health News reported in a story that appeared on washingtonpost.com. Some experts say New Jersey already has plenty of hospitals and a new one will only add to the state’s status as one of the nation's highest health care spenders. But the need to control spending may be trumped by public enthusiasm for a new facility and the competitive drive of its prospective owner (Rau,6/1).

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