The Real Truth About Death Panels: Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Health Reform Legislation
Eleanor D. Kinney
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
July 9, 2011
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-23
The current debate over health reform has been intense and highly polarizing. In 2009, it was dominated by a brouhaha over death panels and talk of government rationing and domination of health care. I will begin my remarks by addressing the provisions of the health reform legislation that precipitated the talk of death panels and the like. Specifically, I will talk about the comparative effectiveness research initiative, which is at the root of the brouhaha over death panels. Then, I will explore the central question of whether comparative effectiveness research really is a contribution to true health reform and can achieve the critical goal of controlling health care costs.
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Keywords: comparative effectiveness research, health policy, health lawworking papers series
Date posted: August 2, 2012 ; Last revised: October 8, 2012
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