Thursday, January 5, 2012

Becoming Mainstream: Cost Containment As A Medical treatment

Well, well, well. Now the medicos in the US are openly calling for cost containment as a way of treating patients. What’s next? A special medical protocol stipulating that cost of treatment be part of every patient’s treatment plan? Don;t be surprised that this will come sooner rather than later.
Should Doctors Be 'Parsimonious' About Health Care?
A major medical group issued ethical guidelines on Monday that take the provocative position of urging doctors to consider cost-effectiveness when deciding how to treat their patients.
The American College of Physicians, the second-largest U.S. doctors' group after the American Medical Association, included the recommendation in the latest version of its ethics manual, which provides guidance for some 132,000 internists nationwide.
"The cost of health care in the United States is twice that of any other industrialized countries and we are not providing care to as many people as they do in other places, and we don't even have as good outcomes," said Dr. Virginia Hood, president of the group. "So given that, we really have to look at ways of doing things better." more

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