Incorporating cost considerations into medical decision making

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The costs of healthcare have risen dramatically over the past several decades. In the United States, for instance, it is estimated that costs this year will exceed $28 Billion. Additionally the proportion of a family's income dedicated to healthcare costs have risen at a far greater pace than other household expenses; corporate profits have been trimmed by costs for their employees health; and Medicare and Medicaid are buckling under the strain. It is clear that costs must be trimmed in order to avoid a bursting bubble that might put public health at risk. The current 'solution'---payer controlled cost cutting using rationing founded upon the results of cost-effectiveness assessment---is less than ideal and ethically concerning. An alternative solution wherein costs are considered as part of the medical decision-making process between patient and physician is presented in this chapter. © 2013 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Weiner, BK; Tasciotti, E; Fernandez-Moure, J; Smith, P

Published Date

  • December 1, 2013

Book Title

  • Patient Education and Management: Practices, Challenges and Outcomes

Start / End Page

  • 153 - 160

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781626180857

Citation Source

  • Scopus