Title

How Radiologists Are Paid: An Economic History, Part II: Advanced Imaging and Radiologists' Incomes

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Radiology

Publication Date

2020-03-24

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Health Economics | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Radiology

Abstract

The advent of the CT scanner in the early 1970s removed much, if not all, of the morbidity and discomfort previously associated with diagnostic imaging studies. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, advances in CT technology allowed radiologists to scan "better and faster." The professional fee for reading a CT study was higher than for reading a radiograph, an uncontroversial policy. But estimating the technical fee for using CT (and later MR) raised problems that would persist for at least 30 years. Consistently generous technical fees created potential incentives to create and fill advanced imaging capacity and contributed to the emerging problem of health care inflation.

Keywords

Economics, history, radiologists

DOI of Published Version

10.1016/j.jacr.2020.02.013

Source

Levy F, Rosen MP. How Radiologists Are Paid: An Economic History, Part II: Advanced Imaging and Radiologists' Incomes. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Mar 24:S1546-1440(20)30171-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2020.02.013. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32220579. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

32220579

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