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# Lists of hospitals have been compiled showing which

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Lists of hospitals have been compiled showing which hospitals have patient death rates exceeding the national average. The data have been adjusted to allow for differences in the ages of patients.

Each of the following, if true, provides a good logical ground for hospitals to object to interpreting rank on these lists as one of the indices of the quality of hospital care EXCEPT:

(A) Rank order might indicate insignificant differences, rather than large differences, in numbers of patient deaths.
(B) Hospitals that keep patients longer are likely to have higher death rates than those that discharge patients earlier but do not record deaths of patients at home after discharge.
(C) Patients who are very old on admission to a hospital are less likely than younger patients to survive the same types of illnesses or surgical procedures.
(D) Some hospitals serve a larger proportion of low-income patients, who tend to be more seriously ill when admitted to a hospital.
(E) For-profit hospitals sometimes do not provide intensive-care units and other expensive services for very sick patients but refer or transfer such patients to other hospitals.

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I would say C.

B,D & E are in effect say that some hospital take more risk or try to handle more complicated illnesses.

A might be right, but it actually may be a ground to object ranking as a way of comparing quality of hospital services. Not quite sure about A

But I will stay with C. (assuming that older people evenly distributed along all hospitals - C does not give ground to object ranking)

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08 Sep 2003, 08:32
stolyar wrote:
Lists of hospitals have been compiled showing which hospitals have patient death rates exceeding the national average. The data have been adjusted to allow for differences in the ages of patients.

Each of the following, if true, provides a good logical ground for hospitals to object to interpreting rank on these lists as one of the indices of the quality of hospital care EXCEPT:

(A) Rank order might indicate insignificant differences, rather than large differences, in numbers of patient deaths.
(B) Hospitals that keep patients longer are likely to have higher death rates than those that discharge patients earlier but do not record deaths of patients at home after discharge.
(C) Patients who are very old on admission to a hospital are less likely than younger patients to survive the same types of illnesses or surgical procedures.
(D) Some hospitals serve a larger proportion of low-income patients, who tend to be more seriously ill when admitted to a hospital.
(E) For-profit hospitals sometimes do not provide intensive-care units and other expensive services for very sick patients but refer or transfer such patients to other hospitals.

A....even if there are insignificant differences, they still are on the list..and only for one criteria...deaths more than average...so significant difference or not...the # of deaths still matter.

all the other reasons are logical for the hospitals cause

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Lists of hospitals have been compiled showing which hospitals have patient death rates exceeding the national average. The data have been adjusted to allow for differences in the ages of patients.

Each of the following, if true, provides a good logical ground for hospitals to object to interpreting rank on these lists as one of the indices of the quality of hospital care EXCEPT:

(A) Rank order might indicate insignificant differences, rather than large differences, in numbers of patient deaths.
(B) Hospitals that keep patients longer are likely to have higher death rates than those that discharge patients earlier but do not record deaths of patients at home after discharge.
(C) Patients who are very old on admission to a hospital are less likely than younger patients to survive the same types of illnesses or surgical procedures.
(D) Some hospitals serve a larger proportion of low-income patients, who tend to be more seriously ill when admitted to a hospital.
(E) For-profit hospitals sometimes do not provide intensive-care units and other expensive services for very sick patients but refer or transfer such patients to other hospitals.

IMO, C is the answer because the argument that different ages bias the data is made moot by the fact that age differentials were somehow "adjusted" or normalized.
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10 Sep 2003, 08:45
I vote for C. Because it has nothing to do with the argument. It goes on in it's own space....

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I will go for C.
Because the argument says "The data have been adjusted to allow for differences in the ages of patients"
Now when age differences have already been taken into account, what logical ground hospitals have to object ranking based on C.
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from where do u get such "logical" reasoning CR's. It was really GMAT types... I have my test approaching fast. Can u please share where i can find good quality (real GMAT types besides ofcourse OG) verbal questions.
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Vicky wrote:
I will go for C.
Because the argument says "The data have been adjusted to allow for differences in the ages of patients"
Now when age differences have already been taken into account, what logical ground hospitals have to object ranking based on C.
thanks, Vicks

(C) used the same logic.

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21 Aug 2006, 08:08
The last statement in the argument was such a giveaway.

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