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South African Medical Journal

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Cost escalation in health - care technology possible solutions

G.G. Járos, D.A. Boonzaier

Abstract


Solutions to cost escalation due to health-care technology are proposed. It is argued that proper systems analysis, technology assessment, and planning would result in net savings and itnproved cost-benefits. Identification of needs early in the technological life cycle can positively influence the final form of the chosen technology. A national centre for technology assessment is proposed. Arguments in favour of a local medical equipment manufacturing industry, emulating overseas examples, are advanced, appropriateness being the main criterion. Analysis of the cost breakdown of imported technology suggests ways of reducing costs considerably, while stimulating the local economy. Digital telecommunications technology and its application to rural health care is cited as an example of a potentially worthwhile investment in making overall coverage more equitable.




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