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Less resident hours, less medical mistakes?

(AP) -- Several studies show reducing the number of hours medical residents work can also lower the number of mistakes they make. But how much will it cost to cut their shifts?

Researchers at the Rand Corporation and UCLA estimated the labor costs linked to reducing resident hours, and found it would cost one point $six billion dollars a year to hire substitute workers.
Hospitals would need to hire more doctors, or physician's assistants, to make up for the time residents would be off work.
Experts say most resident work programs do not allow them to put in more than 80 hours a week, and further changes to those rules will be expensive.
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