Economics and costs: A primer for acute pain management specialists

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Healing is an Art. Medicine is a Science. Healthcare is a Business. – Author unknown As much as each one of us would like to concentrate only on our patients and their families, the reality is that health care is a business. In addition, your treatment decisions will affect not only your revenue and costs but often the costs of other parties, including your patients, the hospital, and third-party payers. Because these other parties have an economic interest in your medical decisions, if you are not involved in and do not understand the economic issues, then others will make policies and rules that will significantly affect how you practice and what treatment options are available to your patients. Economics is defined as the science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. The underlying fact is that resources are limited. Therefore, the economic problems faced by all of us are (1) the goods and services produced, (2) how they will be distributed, and (3) who will consume or use them. These economic questions are not limited to health care and acute pain management; they also exist for us as a society and for each of us personally. The goal of this chapter is not to present brand new concepts but to explain concepts and principles that each of us use in everyday life and show how these same concepts also exist in our professional life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAcute Pain Management
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages623-629
Number of pages7
Volume9780521874915
ISBN (Print)9780511576706, 9780521874915
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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Acute Pain
Pain Management
Economics
Costs and Cost Analysis
Delivery of Health Care
Health Insurance Reimbursement
Medicine
Therapeutics

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  • Medicine(all)

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Abouleish, A., & Govindaraj, R. (2009). Economics and costs: A primer for acute pain management specialists. In Acute Pain Management (Vol. 9780521874915, pp. 623-629). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511576706.040

Economics and costs : A primer for acute pain management specialists. / Abouleish, Amr; Govindaraj, Ranganathan.

Acute Pain Management. Vol. 9780521874915 Cambridge University Press, 2009. p. 623-629.

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Abouleish, A & Govindaraj, R 2009, Economics and costs: A primer for acute pain management specialists. in Acute Pain Management. vol. 9780521874915, Cambridge University Press, pp. 623-629. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511576706.040
Abouleish A, Govindaraj R. Economics and costs: A primer for acute pain management specialists. In Acute Pain Management. Vol. 9780521874915. Cambridge University Press. 2009. p. 623-629 https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511576706.040
Abouleish, Amr ; Govindaraj, Ranganathan. / Economics and costs : A primer for acute pain management specialists. Acute Pain Management. Vol. 9780521874915 Cambridge University Press, 2009. pp. 623-629
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