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July 4, 1980

Cost Containment Through Medical Education

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medical Care Organization, School of Public Health (Dr Praiss), and the Department of Postgraduate Medicine, School of Medicine (Dr Gjerde), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr Gjerde is now with the Learning Resources Unit and Department of Family Practice, College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City.

JAMA. 1980;244(1):53-55. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310010039025

Efforts for containing the costs of health care are currently being directed primarily toward the organization and administration of health care services, and there is increasing legislation pertaining to the financing and reimbursement for medical care. An important area that to date has received insufficient attention as an approach to cost containment is the process of medical education and the training of young physicians. A curriculum on the economic dimensions of medical practice is proposed, and principles for instituting the curriculum are detailed. Such a curriculum would highlight cost-consciousness without compromising the quality of care. The establishment of teaching programs and the development of cost-conscious clinical settings are presented as major challenges to medical schools.

(JAMA 244:53-55, 1980)