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Estimating the costs of medicalization

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Uploaded on Feb 23, 2011

Medicalization is the process by which non-medical problems become defined and treated as medical problems, usually as illnesses or disorders. There has been growing concern that medicalization is driving increased health care costs. In this video, one of the paper's authors outlines this paper as a step in estimating the costs of medicalization, and poses questions which need to be considered for the future of research in this area including "should the money spent on medicalization be spent on 'real' medical problems" or would this mean simply shifting the money from one budget (health) to another (social services)? Do medicalization costs differ in different countries depending on the structure and funding of their health care provision? Read the full article at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed...

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