Observing Healthcare

  1. By Richard L. Reece, M.D., for HealthLeaders News, July 9, 2003


    Newspaper coverage is a good barometer of what trends and issues in the healthcare industry are becoming mainstream concerns. HealthLeaders member Richard L. Reece says reading the papers has pointed to some directions for the industry in 2004.

    1. From a youthful society with low health costs to an aging society obsessed with costs and looking younger

    2. From inpatient care to outpatient care.

    3. From prescription drugs as an incidental expense to prescription drugs as an intolerable cost burden.

    4. From costs absorbed by employers to costs shifted to employees.

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