Life, Death, and the Dollar Sign: Medical Ethics and Cost Containment
Johnson, Dana E.
JAMA. 1984 Jul 13; 252(2): 223-224.
The development of strategies to contain rising medical costs has the potential to alter the physician's ability to decide on the use of life-support technology. The question of whether to provide maximum life-sustaining measures may become subject to financial considerations. The intrusion of diagnosis related groups, health maintenance organizations, and preferred provider organizations into the physician patient relationship is compounded by legal liability for decisions where cost appears to have been a consideration. Physicians and hospitals may no longer be able to be unbiased patient advocates. Johnson suggests the use of review committees and other knowledgeable but disinterested parties to share responsibility and act solely in the patient's best interests. (KIE abstract)
Allowing to Die; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Containment; Costs and Benefits; Death; Decision Making; Diagnosis; Diagnosis Related Groups; Economics; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Federal Government; Financial Support; Government; Health; Health Care; Health Insurance; Health Maintenance Organizations; Hospitals; Incentives; Insurance; Legal Liability; Life; Liability; Medical Ethics; Organizations; Patient Advocacy; Patient Care; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Prolongation of Life; Preferred Provider Organizations; Remuneration; Resource Allocation; Review; Review Committees; Selection for Treatment; Technology; Withholding Treatment;
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