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Medical technology and cost containment: two applications of operations research

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Science  01 Dec 1978:
Vol. 202, Issue 4371, pp. 979-982
DOI: 10.1126/science.715453

Abstract

The government proposes "common sense" regulations to help contain rising health costs due to the increasing use of high-technology procedures, such as computerized tomography scanning. Two illustrations are given showing that such ad hoc regulations may have the effect of increasing costs and are certainly far from the optimum obtained by known methods of operations research.