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Fancy Doesn’t Always Have to Cost More

Posted on 01/17/2008 by |Archived Contributer | Comments

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The New York Times editorial board has an interesting blog posting about one of the ways we can start lowering health care costs. It’s a fancy term – comparative effectiveness – but it essentially means giving people the ability to research medical treatments to determine which one gives us more bang for our health care buck.
It’s a good idea considering that we already know our costs aren’t rising because people are getting older; they’re rising because of pricey new technologies and services. Why not find out which of those are really worth the sticker price before we pull out the checkbook?