M. A. Baltzan, M.D.
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To the editor: In the April 1973 issue (p. 580), in the excerpt "'Cost/Benefit' in Medicine" from The Medical Journal of Australia, I was particularly interested in the last sentence, "Is the benefit worth this cost to the community?" This question directly points up a dilemma that must constantly be faced by those of us who practice under comprehensive government-financed medical care and hospital care insurance schemes. In our decision-making we must constantly ask ourselves the question, "To whom are we responsible, the insurance agency or the patient?"
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M. A. Baltzan. Cost and Benefit. Ann Intern Med. 1973;79:281–282. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-2-281
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(2):281-282.
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