Medical Arms Race

A popular term for escalating health care costs due to proliferation of expensive medical technology and devices
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These results suggest that factors other than medical need, such as a medical arms race, partially explain technological adoption.
The result has been a medical arms race, with scientists trying to stay one step ahead of diseases.
And they are viewed by some as the newest form of a medical arms race: proton cancer centers.
Today there are tax-exempt, nonprofit hospitals whose annual retained earnings routinely exceed $100 million, and their swollen reserves help to finance the medical arms race that's a major factor in health-care inflation.
He began acquiring and employing physicians in the other hospital's specialty and in so doing ignited a medical arms race. The hospital across town responded in the predictable knee-jerk fashion and retaliated by buying practices.
More recent observations point to a resurgence of nonprice competition among hospitals, or what some have characterized as the "new medical arms race," triggered in part by the entry of new organizational forms for delivering patient care, including physician-owned specialty hospitals (Devers, Brewster, and Casalino 2003).
For example, one approach we considered was to focus on the absurdity of a medical arms race that seems to put an MRI machine on virtually every corner.
"I would not call it a medical arms race," she said.
We ought to avoid the medical arms race that occurs all too often with other medical technologies.
Specifically, we discuss whether current competitive strategies and dynamics signal the emergence of a new medical arms race (i.e., hospital service mimicking and one-upmanship).
Medical Arms Race. That's what USA Today called the Indianapolis-area building spree to capture the hearts of patients in central Indiana.
The hypothesis has been advanced that hospitals in more competitive markets will engage in a medical arms race on facilities or quality in order to attract consumers and physicians who bring customers with them.
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