Robert A. Murden, MD; Eric E. Seiber, PhD
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Murden R., Seiber E.; How Can Cost-Effectiveness Information Help Control Unsustainable Growth in U.S. Health Care Spending?. Ann Intern Med. 2009;150:58. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-150-1-200901060-00015
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2009;150(1):58.
TO THE EDITOR:
We read with interest the position paper on a national comparative effectiveness program (1) and the related editorials (2, 3). This is very timely because there is general agreement that the growth in health care spending in the United States is unsustainable. We contend that one of the most increasingly important contributors to rising costs is innovations with marginal benefits, and the only way to assess the benefit–financial risk ratio of these marginal benefits is precisely to tie cost-effectiveness with clinical effectiveness. This is best demonstrated with an example.
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