Costs and End-of-Life Care in the NICU: Lessons for the MICU?
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2011
© 2011 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Volume 39, Issue 2, pages 194–200, Summer 2011
How to Cite
Lantos, J. D. and Meadow, W. L. (2011), Costs and End-of-Life Care in the NICU: Lessons for the MICU?. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 39: 194–200. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2011.00588.x
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 11 MAY 2011
Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and medical intensive care units (MICUs) are both very expensive. The cost-effectiveness of NICUs has been extensively evaluated, as has the long-term outcomes of subpopulations of NICU patients. NICU treatment is among the most cost-effective of high-tech interventions. And most patients do well. There are fewer evaluations of cost-effectiveness in the MICU and almost no long-term outcome studies. Policymakers who scrutinize expensive high-tech interventions would do well to study the examples found in the NICU.