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Editor's Note
June 17, 2019

Interventional Cardiology Payments and Device Choices—The Ties That (May) Blind

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco
  • 2Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine
JAMA Intern Med. Published online June 17, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.8737

The United States spends many billions of dollars on medical devices annually; cardiac devices are a significant component of these expenditures. Device pricing is quite hidden because patients are rarely billed separately for devices; rather, devices are part of a package. Many hospitals have committees that determine which type and brand of devices to use and may negotiate pricing as well. Again, these prices and negotiations are secret. Commonly, physicians are key participants in those decisions.

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