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J Am Health Policy. 1994 Jan-Feb;4(1):48-53.

High tech, low yield: doctors' use of medical innovation.

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  • 1Lewis/Burke Consulting Group, Highland Park, IL.


American physicians' tendency to test too much and do too much is a major force in the rapid diffusion of medical technology. To manage medical technology humanely and responsibly, we must establish a basis for assessing the benefits and costs that will enable us to make rational coverage and payment decisions. We must also devise a means of holding providers of care accountable for weighing the benefits and costs in using the technology.

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