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Esteban Sanchez PLAN 370-500 2/24/2009 Abstract 5 Commercial versus Social Goals of Tracking What Doctors Do On December 1, 2008, the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the U.S. economy had been in recession since December 2007. So many people are living with fear of job loss, Homes are losing value, making many people anxious causing discretionary spending in everything even for medical purposes. Many physicians therefore assume that our economic crisis will increase the burden of illness on our society. This raises the question if a downfall in economy affect health and if so how? Many researchers agree that job loss fear does increase psychiatric disorders. Such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and antisocial behavior. However a failing economy may also have some effects that are not necessarily bad for our health. On research conducted suggests that actual or feared loss of income, may cause households to reduce
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Unformatted text preview: consumption and substitute cheaper goods for costlier ones. The effects may include a reduction in risky behavior, such as driving or alcohol use, and therefore a reduction in accidental injuries. Income loss may also lead some people to consume fewer calories and thereby to avoid obesity. Then because of this people are also less likely to make doctor visits causing much suffering. So the question is how can we reduce the suffering of job-losers and their family members who will become ill but not seek help at the onset of illness? How can we encourage them to seek care? How can we finance their care if they seek it? Ralph Catalano, Ph.D.“Commercial versus social goals of tracking What Doctors Do” New England Journal of Medicine 2009.http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/360/8/749...
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This note was uploaded on 07/30/2009 for the course HEALTH SYS 1501 taught by Professor Sweeney during the Spring '09 term at Texas A&M.

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