Less is more? Today's economics and its challenge to psychiatry

S. S. Sharfstein, A. Beigel

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Escalating costs of medical and psychiatric care have prompted a reevaluation of the health care delivery system and practice styles. There are several 'procompetition' or market-based solutions that seek to make the consumer of care more price conscious and the provider of care more cost conscious. Diagnosis-related groups (DRGs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), the growth of for-profit hospital systems, and the expansion of health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are reshaping the organization and financing of psychiatric care. Psychiatry's adaptation to the new medical economics must emphasize the quality of patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1403-1408
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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