Medical Arms Race

A popular term for escalating health care costs due to proliferation of expensive medical technology and devices
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The result has been a medical arms race, with scientists trying to stay one step ahead of diseases.
Paul Levy, the former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, irked supporters of proton cancer centers when he identified the proliferation as "the medical arms race at work," saying it raises health care costs unnecessarily.
Here is the true story of a health system that engaged in a medical arms race that included physician practice acquisition.
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.
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.
Foote describes in complex but very plain detail how the medical arms race is part and parcel of the fragmented and incrementalist universe of the American political system.
In terms of the medical arms race, to a large degree it's each one of the hospitals and systems making certain they're going to be able to provide the complete array of services.
It's not exactly a medical arms race, but the expansions come at a time when hospital margins are under pressure and Massachusetts health systems are building out networks of doctors and facilities in preparation for possible changes in the way doctors and hospitals get paid.
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