Sunday, September 12, 2010

Medical treatment costs :New is not always better

New York Times

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that an astonishing half or more of the increased spending for health care in recent decades is due to technological, surgical and clinical advances.
For the most part, such advances are a cause for celebration. But an expensive new drug is not always better than an older, cheaper drug, and sometimes a new technology or treatment that is highly effective for some patients is unnecessary or even dangerous for others.
The system almost seems designed to keep driving up costs.[...]

1 comment :

  1. The pharmaceutical companies openly state that they will concentrate on cures for rare, but very dangerous illnesses, and charge a very high fee for their treatment. There are treatments for leucemia that cost 100 000 $ a year, same goes for a medication against retinal detachment.


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