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Economic Instability and Its Impact on Decision Making In Health Care

F. Randy Vogenberg, RPh, PhD, and Stephen Cutts, PharmD Candidate
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With the recession affecting everyone’s wallets, many people are forgoing some basic needs and rethinking their priorities. Instead of opting for expensive, ­aggressive therapies, for example, some cancer patients are deciding against ­lifesaving treatment. This shift in thinking is sure to have a significant effect on ­physicians, insurance companies, employers, and the patients themselves.