2004S-0170 - Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, Section 1013: Suggest Priority Topics for Research
FDA Comment Number : EC5
Submitter : Ms. Catherine Benavidez Clayton Date & Time: 05/03/2004 05:05:50
Organization : National Association of Hispanic Nurses/ Colorado
Health Care Association
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Issue Areas/Comments
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1.Cost-effective studies often mean 'cheapest', and hence may lead to rationing and limiting options for providers.
2.Meaningful research for review regarding culturally competent design implementations for Latino's is not possible because of a lack of research with this diverse population. The body of 'evidence' is just not available.
Raising new barriers to patient access will only perpetuate further 'health disparities'.
3.Finally, restricting access throught this process does not take into account the indirect costs, such as those related to loss of employment.