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Books, Journals, New Media
September 21, 2005

Medical Technology

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(11):1429-1433. doi:10.1001/jama.294.11.1429-b

Two professors of medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, have written a catchy collection of essays developing their view that our mass cultural belief in medical “breakthroughs” drives much of the cycle of spiraling health care costs. This set of beliefs, it is argued, is shared by most physicians, as well as policy makers in government and in organized medicine. These beliefs endanger the health of people with generous insurance, the authors argue, and also lead to fewer and fewer working people being able to afford private health insurance.

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