The Complex Calculations of Cancer Care

August 2010
HealthLeaders Magazine;Aug2010, Vol. 13 Issue 8, p41
The article discusses how technology affects the cost of diagnosing and treating cancer in the U.S. To improve cancer care as well as their business, hospitals are investing in expensive technologies such as stereotactic radio surgery systems and proton beam therapy. However, critics claim that the latest technologies do not provide better outcomes as compared to less expensive technologies. Despite this claim, many hospitals are still investing on modern technology due to the financial return on investment, improved patient care and the halo effect. INSET: MANY FACTORS LEAD TO OVERUTILIZATION.


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