Navigation Links
Bad medicine
Date:7/5/2009

PORTLAND, Oregon--Are individuals, families, communities and employers getting their money's worth from US healthcare? That's the big question in the news today, pushed further into the spotlight by the Obama administration.

Charles M. Kilo, MD, MPH, CEO of GreenField Health in Portland, Oregon, and co-author Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH of Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, Washington, explore this important question in their article Exploring the Harmful Effects of Healthcare in the July 1 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).

In their commentary, Drs. Kilo and Larson distinguish health from healthcare. One can never have too much health, but with overuse of medicine, one can get so much healthcare that it causes harm. They look at the potential harms of healthcare, both direct and indirect, and suggest that investigators study health harm further. "Although healthcare's objective should be to improve health, its primary emphasis has been on producing services," they write. "Fee-for-service" payment encourages using more treatment, new technology, and extra testing. These additional services, and their attendant extra costs, may harm health.

Drs. Kilo and Larson lay out the aggregate collective harm that healthcare does to our communities. The cost pressure that healthcare places on employers, individuals and families has become so significant that they suggest that healthcare may well be inducing aggregate harm to the health of our communities when one considers the cost shift involved in funding healthcare.

In addition to direct harm from healthcare, which includes adverse physical and emotional effects, they address indirect harm from the collateral effect of the opportunity cost of healthcare spending. That means healthcare expenditures increasingly divert resources away from education, jobs, and environmental quality, all important determinants of health. They conclude that formally exploring health harm will allow a more explicit consideration of the tradeoffs involved in healthcare interventions and expenditures and will help guide healthcare reform efforts. They argue that although it is important to give more people access to healthcare, that is not enough. Healthcare reform should also improve how medicine is practiced: centering it on patients, organizing it around primary care, and curbing health harm, including excessive healthcare use and spending.


'/>"/>

Contact: Kimberly Walgraeve
Kim.Walgraeve@GreenFieldHealth.com
503-442-0328
Group Health Cooperative Center for Health Studies
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Aug. 21, 2007, issue
2. Investigational Agent Targeting Metabotropic Glutamate 2/3 Receptors Demonstrates Antipsychotic Activity in Humans, Study in Nature Medicine Finds
3. FDA Seeks to Regulate Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Products Such as Vegetable Juice Could Be Restricted for Medical Use
4. £5 million investment in personalized medicines to cut patient deaths
5. The New England Journal of Medicine Publishes EURIDIS/ADONIS Study Results Showing Dronedarone Maintained Sinus Rhythm in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation or Flutter With no Observed Pro-Arrhythmia
6. Temple Emergency Medicine receives $1.8M to find best MRSA treatment
7. Medical, technological advances prompt updating of nuclear medicine technologists scope of practice
8. Nuclear medicine approach can be first choice for excluding pulmonary embolism in young women
9. University of Nevada School of Medicine Professor Confirms Accuracy Through Validation Study Using the CSI Health Station Model 6K
10. Boston University School of Medicine researcher recipient of Memory Ride Grant
11. John B. Buse, MD, PhD of Chapel Hill, NC, Elected American Diabetes Association President, Medicine & Science
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/21/2017)... ST. LOUIS, MO (PRWEB) , ... July 21, 2017 , ... ... are born knowing how to tie their shoes,” says Suzanne Tucker, Founder of St. ... created the Time-In Toolkit, which launches on Kickstarter on Monday, July 21st. , ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... July 21, 2017 , ... ... 10 years, researchers from the Multicenter Orthopaedics Outcome Network (MOON) demonstrated that patients ... decade after surgery, though activity levels decline over time. The study, presented today ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... 2017 , ... TransPixel Volume 2 is a set of transitions that create ... effect isolates horizontal and vertical lines of pixels and sorts their pixels by darkness, ... animation and can be changed using a drop-down menu. Create amazing and artistic transitions ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... NY, July 20, 2017 (PRWEB) , ... ... ... Nastel Technologies, a global provider of enterprise-grade IT operations analytics and application ... arm of one of world’s largest healthcare services providers. , According to ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... Remote Medical Technologies (RMT) is announcing ... with each system installation. RMT’s iMedHD2™ Telepathology and Teleultrasound ... and immediate decision-making requirements. While never sharing IP addresses, RMT has made ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/10/2017)... , July 10, 2017  US medical equipment and ... 2021, according to Medical Equipment & Supplies: ... Freedonia Focus Reports. Continued increases in demand for medical ... of the population and supported by gains in disposable ... and supplies. New product introductions will also drive sales ...
(Date:7/6/2017)... , July 6, 2017 ThriveRx, the nutrition division of ... their families to thrive on nutrition support. To celebrate its ... new site has a fresh new look with improved organization to create ... ... ...
(Date:7/1/2017)... WARSAW, Ind. , June 30, 2017 Zimmer ... second quarter sales and earnings conference call will be broadcast ... 8 a.m. Eastern Time.  A news release detailing the quarterly ... the morning of the conference call. The live ... website at http://investor.zimmerbiomet.com . It will be archived for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: