Medical procedures rated by state’s expert comparison shoppers

Medical procedures rated by state’s expert comparison shoppers

  • How can the work of this committee be independent of “economic interests” if cost (which usually means cost to an insurance company) is one of their primary criteria?

  • Evidence-based medicine is not about finding evidence for treatments that don’t cost more than insurance companies want to pay and then imposing those treatments on everybody. It’s about using evidence to manage the care of a patient: “Evidence-based medicine is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.” (Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine)
  • Scientific consensus has to play a role in all medicine, not just evidence-based medicine. An 11-member committee is not a source of scientific consensus. It can be a source of insurance boondoggles, though.
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