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Health care cost growth and the role of technology
Author(s): Stuart Guterman
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Paper Abstract

The rapid growth of health care costs has intensified the debate over how to control them. The role of technology in spurring cost growth has been among the more hotly discussed issues in this debate. This paper reviews the data on health care cost growth and the factors that contribute to this trend, focusing on hospitals. The direct impact on costs of the diffusion of new technology is not large; however, to the extent that the availability of new services and procedures increases the amount of health care consumed, it may be a very important source of cost growth.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 October 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2499, Health Care Technology Policy II: The Role of Technology in the Cost of Health Care: Providing the Solutions, (27 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.225341
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Stuart Guterman, Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2499:
Health Care Technology Policy II: The Role of Technology in the Cost of Health Care: Providing the Solutions
Warren S. Grundfest, Editor(s)

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