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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Paying Doctors for Better Care (NYT)

adults write these editorials?

they're still paid by somebody other than the patient, and so it is still dysfunctional, even if you can define quality.

what they're trying to emulate, that was not broken, was doctors paid according to demand for them, which is what defines quality, something that's a different thing to everybody.

that was back before aid for the poor, a half century ago ; when the poor already got pro bono treatment regulated by doctors.

It is salutary that the last Congress, in its waning days, passed legislation that takes a modest step toward the goal of paying doctors based on the quality of their treatment.


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