Monday, May 3, 2010

Teaching Docs about cost

Interesting article discussing a trend in medical schools and residency programs to educate physicians about how much health care costs. It would seem that everyone needs more information about how much care costs: doctors and patients. The old diddy that 'I only think about one patient at a time' is not realistic, likely never been true, and if so, helps explain why we spend so much on health care in the U.S. And likewise, patients need to know how much health care costs, not just their co-pay or out of pocket amount, but how much insurance is paying for care as well. This seems quite basic and obvious, but if docs and patients actually knew what care they provided/received costs, it would be a radical change.

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