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Technology and healthcare costs


Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Seven Hills Hospital, Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
R Krishna Kumar
Pediatric Cardiology, SevenHills Hospital, SevenHills Health City, Marol Maroshi Road, Andheri East, Mumbai-400 059
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2069.79634

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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 84-86

 

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Medicine in the 21 st century is increasingly dependent on technology. Unlike in many other areas, the cost of medical technology is not declining and its increasing use contributes to the spiraling healthcare costs. Many medical professionals equate progress in medicine to increasing use of sophisticated technology that is often expensive and beyond the reach of the average citizen. Pediatric heart care is very technology-intensive and therefore very expensive and beyond the reach of the vast majority of children in the developing world. There is an urgent need to address this situation through development and use of appropriate technology in accordance with the needs and priorities of the society. A number of simple and inexpensive quality measures that have the potential of improving outcomes substantially without the need for expensive equipment should be instituted before embracing high-end technology. Innovations to reduce costs that are commonly used in limited resource environments should be tested systematically.






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Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Seven Hills Hospital, Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
R Krishna Kumar
Pediatric Cardiology, SevenHills Hospital, SevenHills Health City, Marol Maroshi Road, Andheri East, Mumbai-400 059
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-2069.79634

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Medicine in the 21 st century is increasingly dependent on technology. Unlike in many other areas, the cost of medical technology is not declining and its increasing use contributes to the spiraling healthcare costs. Many medical professionals equate progress in medicine to increasing use of sophisticated technology that is often expensive and beyond the reach of the average citizen. Pediatric heart care is very technology-intensive and therefore very expensive and beyond the reach of the vast majority of children in the developing world. There is an urgent need to address this situation through development and use of appropriate technology in accordance with the needs and priorities of the society. A number of simple and inexpensive quality measures that have the potential of improving outcomes substantially without the need for expensive equipment should be instituted before embracing high-end technology. Innovations to reduce costs that are commonly used in limited resource environments should be tested systematically.






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