Doctors reluctant to accept role in controlling costs

When it comes to controlling healthcare costs, doctors are more than willing to pass the buck, according to a new study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic. Only 36 percent of the more than 2,500 physicians surveyed believe they had a major responsibility to cut healthcare costs. In comparison, more than half of the doctors said that patients had a major responsibility to cut costs, while 60 percent believed trial attorneys had a major responsibility to cut healthcare costs. "What physicians are trying to tell us is that they don't see themselves as necessarily any more responsible for healthcare costs than all of those stakeholders," said lead author Jon Tilburt, M.D., an associate professor at the Mayo Clinic. "They see themselves as a contributor, not a main contributor." --Read the full FierceHealthcare aticle

 

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