Evidence-Based Medicine: Implications for Consumer-Driven Health Benefits

August 2003, Vol. 24, No. 8
Paperback, 12 pp.
PDF, 143 kb
Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2003

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Executive Summary

Evidence-Based Medicine: Implications for Consumer-Driven Health Benefits—Most medical experts agree that America's health care system would better serve providers, patients, and payers if more of the medicine practiced were grounded in science. However, extending the influence of "evidence-based medicine" is a daunting challenge. In this article, a number of health experts and policymakers discuss the effects of evidence-based medicine on health care quality and affordability and its implications for consumer-driven health benefits. The article is based on presentations made at EBRI's May 2003 policy forum.