Medicare and Drug-eluting Stents
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently approved a drug-coated stent for use in angioplasty procedures. The stent is expected to reduce the rate of repeat procedures due to restenosis, and to postpone the need for more invasive surgery such as coronary bypass. However, the drug-coated stent costs three times as much as an uncoated stent, which will increase the cost of the medical procedure. Public demand for the stent is overwhelming, because of the higher cost and huge demand, cost of medical care could increase dramatically. Students need to think about the trade-off between quality improvements and higher costs of medical treatment by looking at the impact on several stakeholders: patients, hospitals and insurers.
Health Care Services
United States, 2003
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