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The Intermountain chain of hospitals launched a program a few years

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The Intermountain chain of hospitals launched a program a few years back to reduce the incidence of employee and patient injuries during lifting and transferring of the patients. Reduction of such injuries is leading to an estimated savings of $500K annually; however, the extra training and equipment expenditure to implement the program cost around the same annually. Therefore, except for the intangible benefit of employee satisfaction and longer employee tenure, the program has not led to any economic benefit for the company.

Which of the following statements, if true, most seriously weakens the above argument?

A) In the hospital industry, hiring and training new employees is a significantly costlier affair than retaining existing employees.
B) The proportion of employees and patients who get injured during lifting and transferring of patients at the Intermountain chain of hospitals was stable before the program was launched.
C) There are ways to reduce the program costs while maintaining the same level of training and the same quality of equipment.
D) The incidence of employee and patient injuries can be reduced more by spending more money on the program.
E) For the Intermountain chain of hospitals, the brand value in terms of patient care is very important.

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The Intermountain chain of hospitals launched a program a few years back to reduce the incidence of employee and patient injuries during lifting and transferring of the patients. Reduction of such injuries is leading to an estimated savings of $500K annually; however, the extra training and equipment expenditure to implement the program cost around the same annually. Therefore, except for the intangible benefit of employee satisfaction and longer employee tenure, the program has not led to any economic benefit for the company.

Which of the following statements, if true, most seriously weakens the above argument?

A) In the hospital industry, hiring and training new employees is a significantly costlier affair than retaining existing employees.
B) The proportion of employees and patients who get injured during lifting and transferring of patients at the Intermountain chain of hospitals was stable before the program was launched.
C) There are ways to reduce the program costs while maintaining the same level of training and the same quality of equipment.
D) The incidence of employee and patient injuries can be reduced more by spending more money on the program.
E) For the Intermountain chain of hospitals, the brand value in terms of patient care is very important.


IMO A ..
A give a reason that interim financial benefit of training is not fully calculated in the argument .it points how employee retention can benefit company ...
will wait for OA ........
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The Intermountain chain of hospitals launched a program a few years back to reduce the incidence of employee and patient injuries during lifting and transferring of the patients. Reduction of such injuries is leading to an estimated savings of $500K annually; however, the extra training and equipment expenditure to implement the program cost around the same annually. Therefore, except for the intangible benefit of employee satisfaction and longer employee tenure, the program has not led to any economic benefit for the company.

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Boil it down - Since training and equipment cost because of program is same as estimated savings of 500k $ annually, the program has not led to any economic benefit

A) In the hospital industry, hiring and training new employees is a significantly costlier affair than retaining existing employees. - Correct - it gives an economic benefit
B) The proportion of employees and patients who get injured during lifting and transferring of patients at the Intermountain chain of hospitals was stable before the program was launched. - Irrelevant
C) There are ways to reduce the program costs while maintaining the same level of training and the same quality of equipment. - Irrelevant - we are not bothered about optimizing the program
D) The incidence of employee and patient injuries can be reduced more by spending more money on the program. - Irrelevant
E) For the Intermountain chain of hospitals, the brand value in terms of patient care is very important. - ISWAT - we don't know how does brand value exactly translate to economic benefit

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The Intermountain chain of hospitals launched a program a few years back to reduce the incidence of employee and patient injuries during lifting and transferring of the patients. Reduction of such injuries is leading to an estimated savings of $500K annually; however, the extra training and equipment expenditure to implement the program cost around the same annually. Therefore, except for the intangible benefit of employee satisfaction and longer employee tenure, the program has not led to any economic benefit for the company.

Which of the following statements, if true, most seriously weakens the above argument?

A) In the hospital industry, hiring and training new employees is a significantly costlier affair than retaining existing employees. -Correct. If less money is spent on re-training then it's good for the hospital. Since the hospital doesn't need to hire new employee because of reduction in employees' injuries, it will not have to spend extra money on training the new employees.
B) The proportion of employees and patients who get injured during lifting and transferring of patients at the Intermountain chain of hospitals was stable before the program was launched. -Okay. This is a fact set. Irrelevant.
C) There are ways to reduce the program costs while maintaining the same level of training and the same quality of equipment. -Okay. This is a fact set. Irrelevant.
D) The incidence of employee and patient injuries can be reduced more by spending more money on the program. -Okay. This is a fact set. Irrelevant. Neverthless this would strengthen the argument.
E) For the Intermountain chain of hospitals, the brand value in terms of patient care is very important. -This strengthens the argument since brand value is an intangible asset.
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The Intermountain chain of hospitals launched a program a few years back to reduce the incidence of employee and patient injuries during lifting and transferring of the patients. Reduction of such injuries is leading to an estimated savings of $500K annually; however, the extra training and equipment expenditure to implement the program cost around the same annually. Therefore, except for the intangible benefit of employee satisfaction and longer employee tenure, the program has not led to any economic benefit for the company.

Which of the following statements, if true, most seriously weakens the above argument?

A) In the hospital industry, hiring and training new employees is a significantly costlier affair than retaining existing employees.
B) The proportion of employees and patients who get injured during lifting and transferring of patients at the Intermountain chain of hospitals was stable before the program was launched.
C) There are ways to reduce the program costs while maintaining the same level of training and the same quality of equipment.
D) The incidence of employee and patient injuries can be reduced more by spending more money on the program.
E) For the Intermountain chain of hospitals, the brand value in terms of patient care is very important.


In my opinion, the answer is C

Conclusion: program has not led to any Economic Benefit for the company.
Since it's a weakening question, we must find an answer that leads to economic benefits with the current program. Notice that we are talking about economic benefits.

A. Irrelevant. Nowhere in the stem does the author differentiate between new and existing employees. The author only mentions that "the extra training and equipment expenditure to implement the program cost around the same annually." Therefore, you can be an existing employee and still need training for this new program.
B. Again, irrelevant. Since the answers refers to a time before the new program, it has nothing to do with the economic benefits of the new program.
C. CORRECT. If we can further reduce injuries without increasing the cost of the program, then we are able to obtain economic benefit with the new program. Even if we are able to reduce injury by even just 1 injury, then that is additional money saved without any additional cost.
D. Incorrect. How much more money do we need to spend? This could both strengthen and weaken the answer if the money we need to spend is a lot higher than the benefit or vice versa.
E. Very good trap answer. The answer states that there is other benefits besides economic benefits, which may lead to some to think the stem's conclusion is incorrect. However, since the conclusion specifically refers to economic benefits, this answer is actually irrelevant.
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I believe A

Cost of retaining employees (cheaper) vs. hiring and training new employees (more expensive); therefore, the program has led to economic benefit

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The Intermountain chain of hospitals launched a program a few years back to reduce the incidence of employee and patient injuries during lifting and transferring of the patients. Reduction of such injuries is leading to an estimated savings of $500K annually; however, the extra training and equipment expenditure to implement the program cost around the same annually. Therefore, except for the intangible benefit of employee satisfaction and longer employee tenure, the program has not led to any economic benefit for the company.

Which of the following statements, if true, most seriously weakens the above argument?

A) In the hospital industry, hiring and training new employees is a significantly costlier affair than retaining existing employees.
B) The proportion of employees and patients who get injured during lifting and transferring of patients at the Intermountain chain of hospitals was stable before the program was launched.
C) There are ways to reduce the program costs while maintaining the same level of training and the same quality of equipment.
D) The incidence of employee and patient injuries can be reduced more by spending more money on the program.
E) For the Intermountain chain of hospitals, the brand value in terms of patient care is very important.
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Nikkb wrote:
The Intermountain chain of hospitals launched a program a few years back to reduce the incidence of employee and patient injuries during lifting and transferring of the patients. Reduction of such injuries is leading to an estimated savings of $500K annually; however, the extra training and equipment expenditure to implement the program cost around the same annually. Therefore, except for the intangible benefit of employee satisfaction and longer employee tenure, the program has not led to any economic benefit for the company.

Which of the following statements, if true, most seriously weakens the above argument?

A) In the hospital industry, hiring and training new employees is a significantly costlier affair than retaining existing employees.
B) The proportion of employees and patients who get injured during lifting and transferring of patients at the Intermountain chain of hospitals was stable before the program was launched.
C) There are ways to reduce the program costs while maintaining the same level of training and the same quality of equipment.
D) The incidence of employee and patient injuries can be reduced more by spending more money on the program.
E) For the Intermountain chain of hospitals, the brand value in terms of patient care is very important.


In my opinion, the answer is C

Conclusion: program has not led to any Economic Benefit for the company.
Since it's a weakening question, we must find an answer that leads to economic benefits with the current program. Notice that we are talking about economic benefits.

A. Irrelevant. Nowhere in the stem does the author differentiate between new and existing employees. The author only mentions that "the extra training and equipment expenditure to implement the program cost around the same annually." Therefore, you can be an existing employee and still need training for this new program.
B. Again, irrelevant. Since the answers refers to a time before the new program, it has nothing to do with the economic benefits of the new program.
C. CORRECT. If we can further reduce injuries without increasing the cost of the program, then we are able to obtain economic benefit with the new program. Even if we are able to reduce injury by even just 1 injury, then that is additional money saved without any additional cost.
D. Incorrect. How much more money do we need to spend? This could both strengthen and weaken the answer if the money we need to spend is a lot higher than the benefit or vice versa.
E. Very good trap answer. The answer states that there is other benefits besides economic benefits, which may lead to some to think the stem's conclusion is incorrect. However, since the conclusion specifically refers to economic benefits, this answer is actually irrelevant.


Dear Friend, when asked to weaken the argument, the best way is to attack the conclusion.

The conclusion states that "the program has not led to any economic benefit for the company".

Option C, although may allow the hospital to cut the costs in the future, is not relevant to the conclusion at the present moment.

Option A, on the other hand, mentions that "hiring and training new employees is a significantly costlier affair than retaining existing employees", and it is also mentioned in the conclusion "except for the intangible benefit of employee satisfaction and longer employee tenure". So one of the results of this program is the longer employee tenure. So if employee tenure is more, it implies that hiring and training of new employees has reduced to some extent. So a reduction in the costlier affair of hiring and training implies a net economic benefit for the hospital.
Since option A alone contradicts the conclusion, A is the correct answer.
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What is the source of this question.
I think C is wrong because of "has not led" in the conclusion. It make the present tense "there are" in C is irrelavant. Although currently the costs can be reduced and the program can have economic benefits, the progam still HAS NOT LED to economic benefits so far.



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A) In the hospital industry, hiring and training new employees is a significantly costlier affair than retaining existing employees.
E) For the Intermountain chain of hospitals, the brand value in terms of patient care is very important.

A - already repeats what premise is saying. except for the intangible benefit of employee satisfaction and longer employee tenure = Intangible benefits of longer tenure means less expense in hiring new employees. That premise is already confirming.
Author is agreeing that this is one benefit that hospital will receive.

Now lets say - less patients are injured due to lift. that means better patient care --> it will translated into brand value --> more patient will come to this hospital --> more revenue, more profit -> hence, economic benefit to the hospital.

E should be the answer.
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Hi guys,
What is the source of this question.
I think C is wrong because of "has not led" in the conclusion. It make the present tense "there are" in C is irrelavant. Although currently the costs can be reduced and the program can have economic benefits, the progam still HAS NOT LED to economic benefits so far.



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