Drs. Rebecca Gooch and Jeremy Kahn authored a recent Viewpoint in JAMA about relationship between ICU bed supply and health care spending in the United States. The Viewpoint, entitled "ICU bed supply, utilization and health care spending: an example of demand elasticity", argued that ICU beds may create their own demand, leading to over-utilization. Drs. Gooch and Kahn argued that reducing the number of ICU beds in the United States may be a strategy to reducing costs without compromising quality.
Dr. Gooch also discussed this work at a "late-breaker" session at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Annual Congress in San Francisco, California.