Medical Schools Teach Future Docs to Talk About Costs With Patients, Colleagues

Medical Schools Teach Future Docs to Talk About Costs With Patients, Colleagues

Increasingly, medical schools are requiring that students add one more skill to their bedside manner: an ability to explain and discuss the costs of a patient’s care options.

A recent story from National Public Radio reports on an American Association of medical Colleges (AAMC) survey that showed 129 of 140 of US medical schools now require students to take a course on the cost of health care, with “a vast majority” of programs also integrating discussions of cost and value throughout coursework.

According to NPR, the change is a “departure from the past,” when doctors were expected to provide effective care, “leaving cost considerations aside.”

Full story of teaching future doctors to talk about costs with patients at APTA

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