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Unformatted text preview: Health Care: Costs and Inequality No one denies that modern health care is expensive, but what factors contribute to the rising cost? Of course, continually advancing technology provides the most obvious and perhaps greatest cause. Innovations in all forms of medical equipment, surgical techniques, and therapies are costly on their own, but also require spets to operate them, or additional training for existing spets. Patients, with more access to information about new technology through the Internet and other sources, expect the latest technology in their own treatment. Research and physician demands to use new techniques to explore all possibilities in patient care fuel this expectation. The rising cost of physician care provides the next most significant contributor to rising medical costs. As technologies have increased so have the numbers of, types of, and demands for costs....
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- Fall '09