In catching up with last week's Wall Street Journal, I read an interesting article on the Commonwealth's health system.
"Hospitals find way to make care cheaper -- make it better," by Thomas M. Burton (10/06/09). Here is one paragraph:
Except in Pennsylvania. For two decades, a state agency has published "medical outcomes" - death and complication rates -- from more than 50 types of treatments and surgery at hospitals. The state has found that publishing results can prompt hospitals to improve, and that good medical treament is often less expensive than bad care.
The article is well worth tracking down and reading. It is all Pennsylvania and paints us in a good light.