On the economic impact of a regional management of multidrug-resistant bacteria

Walter Ried
The increasing number of people who are colonized or infected with multidrug-resistant bacteria imposes a high economic burden on society which includes the negative impact on health status as an intangible cost. An economic analysis leads to the conclusion that currently too little is done to prevent or control infections. The reasons include insufficient incentives for health care providers, a lack of reliable data on both the prevalence and the effects of infection, and a...