Disease, Diagnoses, and Dollars: Facing the Ever-Expanding Market for Medical Care
by Kaplan, Robert M.

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Disease, Diagnoses, and Dollars is about the costs of health care and their impact on health. The U.S. health care system is the largest sector in the biggest economy, and the US spends significantly more per capita on health care than any other country, yet it ranks last among comparison nations on the major health indicators. Within the U.S., there is evidence that regions that spend more do not have better outcomes, and some evidence suggests that quality of care is lower in the regions that spend more, not less, on health care. The concluding chapters of Disease, Diagnoses, and Dollars offer suggestions for policy makers and for patients. Methods for systematically evaluating the cost-effectiveness of new guidelines are discussed. The final chapter provides practical suggestions to enable patients to share in decisions about treatments or tests that can have uncertain benefits.

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Binding: Hardcover
Specs: 200 pages | 1.05 Lbs
ISBN: 0387740449
ISBN-13: 9780387740447
Edition: 1
Publisher: Springer | Publish Date 12/08 | Copyright 2009

Table Of Contents:

1.    Disease, Outcomes, and Money
2.    The Disease-Reservoir Hypothesis
3.    Mental Models of Health and Healthcare
4.    What Is Disease and When Does It Begin?
5.    Screening for Cancer
6.    Deciding When Blood Pressure Is Too High
7.    The Cholesterol Cutoff
8.    Diabetes, Obesity, and the Metabolic Syndrome
9.    Cost-Effectiveness and Opportunity Costs
10.    Shared Medical Decision-Making
11.    Putting the Pieces Together

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