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Old and Sick in AmericaThe Journey through the Health Care System$
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Muriel R. Gillick

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635248

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635248.001.0001

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The Hospital through Other Eyes

The Hospital through Other Eyes

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(p.113) Chapter Seven The Hospital through Other Eyes
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Old and Sick in America
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Muriel R. Gillick M.D.

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635248.003.0007

The patient’s experience of hospitalization is affected by device manufacturers, the pharmaceutical industry, government regulators, and Medicare as well as by physicians and hospital administrators. For example, the hospital is the largest consumer of medical devices and the site for intensive lobbying to purchase the newest, most sophisticated equipment; medications taken by patients in the hospital are likely to be continued after discharge, resulting in drug company pressure to influence the hospital formulary.

Keywords:   Readmissions, Service line, Medical arms race, Technology

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