The trend has been in the direction of more expensive treatments
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Submitted by Lyle (United States), Aug 16, 2012 00:32
As smaller and smaller populations are targeted the cost per treatment goes up, look at the biologicals for cancer for an example. While clearly deploying technology targeted at the developing world such as mri and the like would cut costs, the physicians guild will object since it will put their cherished side business of imaging in a world of hurt. (having bought the expensive machines already). Physicans owning imaging businesses is one of the number of conflicts of interest (real or apparent) that hide in our expensive health care system. Fee for service works great if you control the number of services and does create at least the appearance of a conflict of interest.
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