October 2006

At What Cost?

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Copyright 2006 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2006

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(10):1079-1080. doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.10.1079

It is encouraging to see the financing aspects of health care for young adults with chronic health conditions and disabilities becoming a focus of health services research, and study findings are providing new perspectives on the cost and benefits of moving children with special health care needs from pediatric to adult-oriented medical systems. Nonetheless, transitioning young adults to adult-oriented medicine, or for that matter any transition in medicine,1,2 is a complex phenomenon and financial measures alone cannot adequately reflect short- and long-term consequences at the patient, health care professional, and health system levels.

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