Increasing costs of health care are a cause of concern to patients, governments, health economists, and the medical profession around the world. Medical practice is dynamic and continually changes with evidence and experience. Increasing costs of health care are not necessarily accompanied by a higher quality of care, but rather related to a large measure of health system „waste“ that does not benefit patients but does add costs.
The identification and reduction of low-value medical practices has the potential to drive safer, high-quality patient care and guide appropriate decisions in resource-limited situations. Therefore, medical specialist should by committed to quality improvement and harm reduction in both the inpatient and ambulatory setting. High-value, cost-conscious care refers to care that aims to assess the benefits, harms, and costs of interventions and consequently to provide care that adds value. This quickscan is a tool, it aims to provide program directors/clinical teachers to determine the extent that a training program includes information/training about High Value Cost Conscience Care (HVCCC). It is up to you as program director to determine what is or is not relevant for your specialty. To meet accreditation standards, it is important to specify how you deal with this topic in your training program.