Ezekiel Emanuel, JAMA, Physicians' Role in Cost Control

Ezekiel Emanuel, JAMA, Physicians' Role in Cost Control

In a JAMA editorial commenting on a survey that found most U.S. physicians don't feel they should play a major role in health care cost cutting, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel calls their attitude "a denial of responsiblity."

By an overwhelming majority, surveyed physicians said that insurers, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and patients -- but not doctors -- should bear the major responsibility for controlling the nation's out-of-control health care spending.

Can physicians "really be both the captain of the health care ship and cede responsibility for cost control to almost everyone else?," Emanuel asks. 

Emanuel, PhD, MD, MSc, is Penn's Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and a former advisor for health policy to the White House Office of Management and Budget.