Health care cost containment education for physicians in the military health services system
Carsten, John Edward
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This paper examines the underlying causal factors relative to spiralling health care costs. Special emphasis is placed on the role and responsibility of the physician concerning these costs. The physician's dominant role and patterns of practice are seen as significant determining factors in the total expenditures for health care. Overall lack of incentives for cost effective medical practice, lack of awareness of the economic impact of physician's decisions, and insufficient resource management skills on behalf of the physician combine to further exacerbate the problem of rising health care costs.
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