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Americans must consider cost and effectiveness when comparing and choosing medical interventions
Date:5/15/2008

nformation.

The article also says that because of factors including:

  • the explosion of health care costs;
  • the de facto rationing produced from 47-million uninsured patients denied access to health care; and
  • the limited resources of the American society,

The time has come for patients, physicians, insurers and health policymakers to factor into their decisions explicitly and transparently the comparative clinical effectiveness, the comparative cost and the cost-effectiveness of new and existing health care interventions.

The article and new ACP policy paper particularly address the reluctance in American society to produce and consider cost information in evaluating the value of various clinical products, procedures and services, and how this reluctance adversely affects ensuring the availability of health care for all.

The article recognizes that because of the finite resources available for heath care costs must be a factor, but that differences in costs should never be considered without also considering differences in clinical health outcomes explicitly and transparently.

The economic impacts of interventions should be used in decision making along with evidence of clinical effectiveness, Dr. Dale concluded, but the public and clinicians will only trust such information if it comes from an independent research source that does not itself have an economic conflict of interest in the results of its analyses.


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Contact: David Kinsman
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American College of Physicians
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