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05/12/2009

Evidence-Based Practices to Get Boost in $2 Trillion Healthcare Savings

The most significant aspect of this proposal from the perspective of consumers is the provision for encouraging use of evidence-based practices. This is similar to President Obama’s proposal for using comparative effectiveness analysis to determine which medical interventions work and which do not. 

Therefore, it seems likely that some form of evaluation of medical practices will become part of health reform. The question is whether it will be led by the government or by the private sector. In the end, a public-private partnership is most likely to result

This will influence what insurers do and do not pay for. It should be noted that this not rationing of healthcare. Treatments that are found to be effective will continue to be available. Ineffective treatments not only run up costs but also result in less than optimal care, so overall, consumers are likely to benefit.

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