Hospital care today is estimated to cost $1 trillion annually, accounting for almost one-third of the health care spending in the United States. A new pilot program, “The Home Hospital”, has looked into reducing these costs while at the same time maintaining the quality of care by providing patients with treatment at home instead of in the hospital. This program not only aims to address skyrocketing hospital care but also responds to the growing desire by individuals for home health care.
Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) were behind the innovative program in which patients are sent home for treatment following an emergency room visit. Patients receive the same level of care in the comfort of their homes as they would if they were in the hospital.