‘Money & Medicine’ investigates the dangers the nation faces from runaway health care spending, as well as the dangers patients face from over-diagnosis and over-treatment.
Filmed at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and Intermountain Medical Center in Utah, Money & Medicine illuminates the powerful forces driving soaring healthcare costs, as well as proven strategies to effectively reign in excessive medical expenses.
When is it appropriate to use every available medical technology to extend life at all costs? When is it time to withdraw aggressive or invasive medical care? And, when does it make sense to opt for palliative or hospice care?
Since every dollar of so-called unnecessary spending is a dollar of income to a health care provider, reigning in health care spending is much more easily said than done. We examine this pressing medical, ethical, and financial challenge by examining the way we treat America’s number one killer, heart disease.
Want to learn more about the state of health care spending in our country? Check out the Money & Medicine reading list and go in-depth on the issue.
The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care The Dartmouth Atlas Project is a great source of information about the geographic variation in the distribution and use of medical resources across the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and [...]
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice health care programs and professionals in the United States. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the NHPCO advocates on behalf of the terminally ill and their families. It also develops public and professional educational programs [...]
Patient Decision Aids What ia a Patient Based Decision Aid? The goal of patient based decision aids is to illuminate available options to patients in an unbiased way. They explain the risks and the benefits of each option based on evidence and inform patients about potential outcomes. Decision aids allow patients to think about their [...]
Health Care Blogs The Healthbeat Blog A blog written by Maggie Mahar. a fellow at The Century Foundation and the author of “Money- Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much” (Harper/Collins 2006). The KevinMD Blog The KevinMD Blog is written by physician Kevin Pho MD, a primary care physician from New Hampshire. [...]