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Correspondence: Richard B Saltman; rsaltma@emory.edu

Disclosures: Dr. Saltman has no commercial conflicts of interest.

Subject:

Viewing second opinions in terms of recent developments in patient choice

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Journal Title:

Israel Journal of Health Policy Research

Volume:

Volume 1, Number 31

Publisher:

, Pages 1-2

Type of Work:

Article | Final Publisher PDF

Abstract:

Patient choice has become an increasingly visible part of publicly funded health care systems. Since the 1990s, many individuals have gained the ability to select their insurer in social health insurance funded systems, while in tax-funded health systems many patients can now select their primary care and hospital providers. Second opinions about clinical procedures are part of this broad movement toward increased patient involvement in care-related decision-making. One interesting policy question will be whether the coming period of financial austerity will strengthen or weaken the role of choice as health systems seek to deal with the inevitable mismatch of demand for and supply of medical resources.

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© 2012 Saltman.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

This is an Open Access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/).

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