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Health Services Research: Public Benefits, Personal Privacy, and Proprietary Interests

Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LLD (Hon); and Jack Hadley, PhD
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Georgetown University; Washington, DC 20001 Requests for Reprints: Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LLD (Hon), Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001; e-mail, gostin@law.georgetown.edu. Current Author Addresses: Dr. Gostin: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Dr. Hadley: Institute for Health Care Policy and Research, Suite 525, 2233 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20007.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(10):833-835. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-129-10-199811150-00017
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As a society, we benefit considerably from health services research in understanding use, outcomes, patterns of practice, and determinants of cost of health care. Health services research has helped to create and evaluate Medicare's Prospective Payment System [1]; identify potential risks for undertreatment in systems of care that pay providers solely on the basis of capitation [2]; and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures, and other important medical interventions [34].

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