Cost containment in emergency medicine

JAMA. 1980 Apr 4;243(13):1356-9.


High-cost laboratory tests, roentgenograms, medications, and supplies were the focus of a voluntary cost-containment effort initiated in a community hospital emergency department. The department microcomputer determined that 100 of 1,560 possible chargeable items were responsible for 90.9% of the total cost to patients. Emphasis on cost containment in general and specific emphasis on the 100 high-cost items resulted in a 10.2% reduction in laboratory and radiology charges and a 3.3% total savings to patients.

MeSH terms

  • California
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques / economics
  • Cost Control*
  • Emergency Medicine / economics*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / economics*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Hospital Bed Capacity, 100 to 299
  • Humans
  • Radiography / economics
  • United States