Health Services and Health Hazards: The Employee’s Need to by Richard H. Egdahl M.D., Ph.D., Diana Chapman Walsh M.S.

By Richard H. Egdahl M.D., Ph.D., Diana Chapman Walsh M.S. (auth.), Richard H. Egdahl M.D., Ph.D., Diana Chapman Walsh M.S. (eds.)

Close fans of the evolution of the sequence on and well-being Care will realize during this fourth quantity a few continuity and a few swap. the basic proposal at the back of the sequence continues to be: the following, as sooner than, we're trying to deepest as a possible agent of switch within the American wellbeing and fitness care supply process. we now have made a few structural lodgings, even if, to reviews obtained from readers in and in overall healthiness providers. the unique proposal of a topical monograph supplemented through a separate hardbound quantity of historical past papers has yielded to the current formulation during which each one quantity is whole in itself. The sequence maintains to attract a lot of its fabric from interdisciplinary operating meetings convened by means of the Bos­ ton collage middle for and healthiness Care. instead of post confer­ ence court cases, we've back undertaken to investigate the discussions and to combine with them a few well timed heritage fabrics. Readers have chanced on this layout an incredible development over conventional convention reviews and sum­ maries.

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Until the FTC investigations have run their full course, no one can predict with certainty what the rules governing health professional advertising will be, much less what effect they will have. Still, some are willing to offer informed professional opinions on the two immediate questions that arise. First, how much and what kind of advertising is likely to be permitted and to take place, and second, what will relaxed rules on physician advertising mean for fees and costs of care? The persistent longer range question is what impact-positive and negative-can all this be expected to have on the quality of health care.

Within the decade we are clearly going to have statewide data bases with central computers storing physician experience, publications, and a lot of other data. It's not farfetched to predict that, if some of the legal barriers were removed, PSRO-type data could be available over computer lines to corporations, local plants, and even individuals at home. By punching in over a telephone line from a personal 30 Context and Issues home computer the individual could access data on the kinds of procedures individual physicians had done and the complication rates, all current and valid within about three months.

I think most doctors get mOre return on their "advertising" dollar by investing in Brooks Brothers suits and a nicely decorated office than by putting something in the newspaper. Warren Kantrowitz On balance, the impact of advertising on health care costs may be subordinate to other considerations, in particular, the general question of how much value the dollars are returning. Health Care Advertising and Marketing 43 What Relationship to Quality? Once the utility of publicizing at least some information on physicians' fees is granted, the clash over advertising reduces to starkly conflicting views of the appropriate measures of quality in health care and whose role it is to define and enforce them: The culture of medicine is somewhat threatened by these pressures for fuller information.

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