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Patients should act as consumers, too


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 11, 2012

~~<p>People can argue long and hard about the particulars of the Affordable Care Act &mdash; the results of such a debate at the highest echelon, the U.S. Supreme Court, are due this month &mdash; but there is broad agreement about one problem the law seeks to remedy.</p>
<p>The American health care system is driven at least partly by the fee-for-service model that dominates in the industry. It adds fuel to the rise in costs by incentivizing practitioners to order procedures and tests, all generating fees but some of them not necessary.</p>
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People can argue long and hard about the particulars of the Affordable Care Act — the results of such a debate at the highest echelon, the U.S. Supreme Court, are due this month — but there is broad agreement about one problem the law seeks to remedy.

The American health care system is driven at least partly by the fee-for-service model that dominates in the industry. It adds fuel to the rise in costs by incentivizing practitioners to order procedures and tests, all generating fees but some of them not necessary. Login for more...



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