A recent survey conducted by NEJM Catalyst found that while physicians should maintain some awareness about the cost of a patient’s care, they shouldn’t be held responsible for the actual prices.
The first survey in a three-part series, commissioned by the University of Utah Health, sought to identify how clinicians and health care leaders view health costs.
It found that almost half of the respondents say physicians shouldn’t be accountable for the cost of health care. According to the survey, 53 percent of clinicians, 44 percent of clinical leaders and 32 percent of the executives surveyed share that opinion.
“Physicians should definitely be aware of the charges generated by the treatments or prescriptions they recommend,” NYC Health + Hospitals’ North Central Bronx Hospital Chief of Emergency Services Mark Melrose says. “Maybe they aren’t responsible for the actual cost, but they should be aware of the way they are contributing to the cost of care to a patient.”
To read the full survey, click here.