Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, June 20, 2000

June 19, 2000

Erectile Dysfunction Drug May Be Cost-Effective, But Should Health Insurance Pay for It?

In a new study using a decision analysis model, the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil (Viagra), compared with no treatment, was as cost-effective as kidney dialysis, cholesterol lowering medication or coronary artery bypass surgery (Article, p. 933). An editorial asks, when 1 in 5 Americans are not covered by health insurance, should health insurance, originally developed to minimize the financial burden of serious illness, pay for lifestyle enhancements like treatment for erectile dysfunction? (Editorial, p. 994.)

Also in the June 20 Annals of Internal Medicine:
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