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There's No Place Like Home: The Home Health Care Alternative

Linda Gundersen
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Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(8):639-640. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-131-8-199910190-00103
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As managed care attempts to deal with increasing medical costs, home care has emerged as a popular alternative for patient treatment. Because home care (which is one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. health care structure) often substitutes for inpatient treatment, some view it as a cost-cutting method that is good for the short term but may be more expensive over time. Home health care is a “hot trend,” according to the Trends Research Institute, Rhinebeck, New York, and a closer look at its efficacy and long-term cost-effectiveness is therefore essential.

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