Health, medicine, and ophthalmology

Facing the facts and paying the piper LVI Edward Jackson memorial lecture

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PURPOSE: To describe the sources of tension within the health care system and methods for pursuing their solution. METHODS: Presentation of observations pertinent to patient, provider, and payer perspectives relevant to the cost, delivery, and quality of care and their impact on health. RESULTS: Societal forces, not just wealth, are major determinants of both health and the costs of health care. CONCLUSIONS: Tensions created by rising health care costs in the face of finite societal resources will increase in the years ahead. These can be resolved only by realizing new efficiencies in care, and prioritizing, through an explicit process, the care that is to be provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)673-679
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume128
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1999

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