Administration in mental health

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 5–14 | Cite as

Some thoughts on cost containment and the quality of health care

  • Avedis Donabedian


The potential conflict between cost containment practices and the preservation of quality care is reviewed and discussed. Then a framework for considering the present state of knowledge about the relationship between different methods of cost containment and quality is presented. The view that cost containment poses a threat to the quality of care is advanced and the provider's central role in the containment of costs and the safeguarding of quality is examined.


Public Health Health Care Present State Quality Care Potential Conflict 
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© Human Sciences Press 1985

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