Intensive care is not expensive compared with other treatments

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7208.516 (Published 21 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:516
  1. Martin Stockwell, consultant in intensive care (Spinder@sthelier.sghms.ac.uk)
  1. St Helier Hospital, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 1AA

    EDITOR—The article by Bennett and Bion in the ABC of Intensive Care contains one statement that should not go unchallenged—that “intensive care is expensive.”1 This is true only at the most simple level unless comparisons are made with other treatments.

    The internal evidence of Bennett and Bion's review is that an absolute risk reduction of 50% is possible, at least in polio, …

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