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- This aspect of figuring the cost of activities guards against false economies, where a savings in one area may be outweighed by an expense elsewhere.
- Public services are improving but looking for simple savings through job cuts at this stage could be a false economy.
- She said keeping the beds closed was a false economy because more money was spent sending patients to other hospitals.