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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Technological change in healthcare has led to huge improvements in health
services and the health status of populations. It is also pinpointed as the
main driver of healthcare expenditure. Although offering remarkable benefits,
changes in technology are not free and often entail significant financial, as
well as physical or social risks. These need to be balanced out in the setting
of government regulations, insurance contracts, and individual's decisions to
use and consume certain technologies. With this in mind, this book addresses
the following important objectives: to provide a detailed analysis of what
technological change is; to identify drivers of innovation in several
healthcare areas; to present existing mechanisms and processes for ensuring and
valuing efficiency and development in the use of medical technologies; and to
analyze the impact of advances in medical technology on health, healthcare
expenditure, and health insurance.
Each of the seventeen chapters summarizes an important issue concerning the
innovation debate and contributes to a better understanding of the role
innovation has both at the macro level and at the delivery (meso) and micro
level in the healthcare sector. The effectiveness of innovation in improving
people's welfare depends on its diffusion and inception by the relevant agents
in the health production process, and this book recognizes the multi-faceted
contribution of policy makers, regulators, managers, technicians, consumers and
patients to this technology.
This book offers the first truly global economic analysis of healthcare
technologies, taking the subject beyond simply economic evaluation and
exploring the behavioral aspects, organization and incentives for new
technology developments, and the adoption and diffusion of these technologies.