About this project
I regularly edit key opinion pieces by CEOs of international health insurance, finance and management companies in the UAE and south-east Asia.
What should the doctor order? How physicians can help stem rising healthcare costs
It has been said that the most expensive technology in healthcare is the doctor’s pen. While sophisticated diagnostic procedures, drugs and surgical techniques are increasingly costly, ultimately it’s the doctor who decides whether to explore further, what treatment to prescribe, and whether to hospitalise.
So how much responsibility should doctors take for increasing costs?