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Health Economics: An Introduction for Clinicians

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▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Michael Drummond, Ph.D.; Director, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, Park House, 40 Edgbaston Park Road; Birmingham B15 2RT, United Kingdom.

Birmingham,United Kingdom; Hamilton and Ottawa, Ontario,Canada

©1987 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(1):88-92. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-107-1-88
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Economic issues have had a growing importance in the health care field as the sector's share of the gross national product has risen. Clinicians are under increasing pressure to adopt more cost-effective treatment practices as a result of initiatives being taken by the major third-party payers, government, and business. However, recent publications suggest that there are some misconceptions about economics in health care and the extent to which it is in conflict with good clinical practice. To provide a foundation for the understanding of this field by clinicians, we have outlined several basic notions of health economics.





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