Money & Medicine
Since the beginning of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s, the money in health care has risen continuously with only a few plateaus, and now represents over 17% of the US gross domestic product. A number of articles in this issue of WMJ take a closer look at the issue of money in medicine today, from costs of care to the Affordable Care Act and the effect of preventive medicine on health care costs.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Letter to The Editor
Treating Patients as Customers—Whom Does it Help?
Cynthia Jones-Nosacek, MD
As I See It
Rustproofing People: Beans or Beef?
Darold A. Treffert, MD
In This Issue
John J. Frey III, MD, WMJ Medical Editor
A Comparison of Costs Between Medical and Surgical Patients in an Academic Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Benson S. Hsu, MD, MBA; Thomas B. Brazelton III, MD, MPH
A Novel Approach for Measuring and Communicating State Health Trends Over Time
Karen Timberlake, JD; Anne Roubal, PhD; Kathryn Hatchell, BS; Bridget Catlin, PhD, MHSA; Patrick Remington, MD, MPH
Medical Student Views of the Affordable Care Act
John R. Meurer, MD; Nathan M. Ferda; Thomas Chelius, MS; Renie Schapiro, MPH; Timothy E. Corden, MD; Laura D. Cassidy, PhD; Christine S. Seibert, MD
One Wisconsin County’s Experience With Fall-Related Mortality
Sara M. Deprey, DPT, MS, GCS; Lynda Biedrzycki, MD; Kristine Klenz, BS
The Development of a Summary Measure to Estimate the Relative Burden of Smoking in Wisconsin Counties
Darren J. Knox, MPH; Patrick L. Remington, MD, MPH
A Brief Clinical Update on Hepatitis C—The Essentials
Jonas Lee, MD; James Conniff, MD; Connie Kraus, PharmD; Sarina Schrager, MD, MS
Successful Treatment of Collagenous Gastritis in a Child With a Gluten-Free Diet
Raza U. Bajwa, MD; Aditya Joshi, MD, MPH; Janice B. Heikenen, MD
Looking Back…to 1935
This Business of Medicine
Serving the State Through Medical Research
Howard H. Bailey, MD; Robert N. Golden, MD
MetaStar Security Risk Assessments: HIPAA and Meaningful Use
Jay A. Gold, MD, JD, MPH; Brad Trudell, JD