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December 12, 2005

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fasteddie

>>It will absolutely not decrease costs. Only improved rationing of health care resources will do that.

I agree that it will not decrease the cost of the actual care - but the cost of the OVERHEAD - billing, claim processing, etc is HUGE. If ATM transactions cost 5 cents - there is NO reason a medical claim processing cannot fall to $1 or less. Having ONE format of everything will make a HUGE difference in costs.

Kate

you're totally right. It's the fat around delivering care that can be trimmed. But also having better disease management will prevent unnecessary complications, surgeries, etc.

Martin

I would argue that EMR/HIT would decrease total healthcare spending, to the extent that it would allow for the identification of redundant diagnostics and the like. However, this has a very unpleasant flip-side... even without considering the cost of capital charge for the EMR system, procdure costs will have to increase as a result of HIT in order to provide the same number of dollars to cross-subsidize services and provide uncompensated care.

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