New treatments: Costs, benefits and decision-making procedures

 

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dc.contributor.author Benatar, S R
dc.contributor.author Fleischer, T E
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-05T07:23:56Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-05T07:23:56Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation Benatar, S. R., & Fleischer, T. E. (2003). New treatments: costs, benefits and decision-making procedures: editorial. South African Medical Journal, 93(6), p-433. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0256-9574 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16211
dc.description.abstract One hallmark of modern medicine is the ever-rising cost of providing life-saving or life-extending treatments. Advances in medical care and the ability to improve the duration and quality of life, combined with the expectations of both doctors and patients that all new modalities of treatment developed will be implemented in everyday practice, are the major reasons for modern medicine’s becoming so expensive. In these circumstances resource allocation decisions need to be made and appropriate priority-setting processes developed. This challenge faces all societies but most agonisingly middle income countries like South Africa where the expectations of physicians and patients are geared to the best that can be achieved in any country — even the wealthiest. Expensive, new or established standard treatments that may benefit patients may be considered in at least two categories. The first is when each individual patient will be a direct beneficiary. This applies, for example, when a pacemaker or orthopaedic prosthesis is installed, when an organ such as a kidney, heart or liver is transplanted, or when chronic renal dialysis is initiated. While such treatments have some mortality and a measure of sub-optimal results, good outcomes are the rule en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Health and Medical Publishing Group en_ZA
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial 3.0 Unported Works License (CC BY-NC 3.0) *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ en_ZA
dc.source South African Medical Journal en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://www.samj.org.za/
dc.title New treatments: Costs, benefits and decision-making procedures en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2015-12-21T12:17:09Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Bioethics en_ZA
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