Opinion Addressing the Cost of Health Care VIEWPOINT From the Front Lines of Psychiatry The escalating cost of health care in the United States Despite these recommendations, there is little guid- Andres Barkil-Oteo, MD, MSc has been described as an unsustainable crisis. This high ance for psychiatrists on the front lines about what role Department of cost does not always translate into better outcomes. Fi- they can play in addressing the high cost of health care. Psychiatry, Yale School nancial expenditures frequently outweigh the clinical Part of the challenge stems from the lack of standard- of Medicine, New benefits, resulting in low-value care. ization or transparency about what health care actually Haven, Connecticut. While medical professionals at large have begun to costs. Physicians are often unaware of the medication David A. Stern, MD consider potential solutions for addressing high costs costs incurred by their patients. Fortunately, this is Department of and low-value care, psychiatrists have been relatively changing. With the expansion of online resources (such Psychiatry, New York insulated from the discussion for 2 reasons: their infre- as Healthcare Bluebook and GoodRx), there is now im- Medical College, quent use of the costliest medical procedures and the mediateaccesstoinformationregardingthecostsofvari- Valhalla.
JAMA Psychiatry – American Medical Association
Published: Jun 1, 2014