BRUCE HECKMAN, M.D.
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To the editor: In the July 1974 issue, Lyle and co-workers attempted to estimate costs in a private internal medicine group practice. Simple calculations from Table 4 show that the average physician daily charges for hospital care are $12.70 per day (see below), not $10.00 as stated in the article. This amounts to an understatement by 21%.
There is an obvious lack of internal reproducibility of calculations. I cannot see how such inaccuracy can be condoned. The importance of this potentially valuable paper is tremendously lessened. I hope it is not used as an example of costs or in cost-benefit
HECKMAN B. Charges for Hospital Care. Ann Intern Med. ;81:712–713. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-5-712_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(5):712-713.
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