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Discussion Board 4 The health care reform debate in the United States is focusing attention on technological change, mainly because it has been widely identified as the principal culprit in the rising costs of medical care (Gelijns & Rosenberg, 1994). Before we can discuss the challenges posed by the growing use of medical technology in the United States, it is important that we explain what medical technology entails. Medical technology refers to the practical application of the scientific body of knowledge to improve the delivery of medical care. It includes sophisticated machines, pharmaceuticals, and biological therapies which also in a broader sense, covers medical and surgical procedures used in rendering medical care, ultramodern facilities and settings of care delivery, computer-supported information systems, and management and operational systems that makes health care delivery more efficient (Shi & Singh, 2013). It has also helped in improving the overall quality of life. Medical technology has unquestionably advanced at a prodigious pace in the past 20 years, changing both the capability of American medicine to detect and treat disease and the public’s expectations of medical care. The continued rapid growth in biomedical and related scientific knowledge is likely to stimulate further significant advances. Some new technology has reduced the cost of providing health care, increased access to health care services, and has also measurably improved the outcome of medical care. Questions have been raised about the relationship between medical technology particularly equipment-embodied technology, and the cost of health care. Technology has been identified as a major cause of increasing health care expenditures, with the implication that controlling new technology is required to contain healthcare costs (Gaus, 1975).
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