Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Financing Health Care - Part 2
Lecture:Factors Contributing to Increasing U.S. Health Care Costs
Slide content:Physician/Hospital Costs Increased demand Utilization Positron emission tomography (PET) Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Techniques Minimally invasive surgery d a Vinci robotic surgery Imaging techniques 11
Slide notes:Along with new technology, increased demand and utilization also contributes to increased hospital and physician costs. Hospitals may wish to improve their competitive standing and enhance the reputation of their facility in the community by purchasing the latest equipment and offering related services. In addition, there may be increased demand for specific devices or services by both providers and patients. Some examples include imaging techniques such as positron emission tomography, referred to as the PET scan, magnetic resonance imaging or MRI, and da Vinci robotic surgery. It has been argued that although these technologies are expensive, increased utilization of these devices and techniques can improve quality and reduce costs through their advanced diagnostic capabilities, or by reducing complications and shortening length of stay. However, the increase in demand for both hospital and physician services and the concomitant increase in costs may offset any savings. 11