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Should the U.S. Move Away from Fee-for-Service Medicine?

(The Wall Street Journal) – Fee-for-service medical care, in which providers charge fees for specific services, is a prime battleground for policy makers in health care. If providers stand to make more money the more tests and procedures they perform, critics of the system say it’s no wonder that health-care costs have skyrocketed in recent years. Efforts are under way to reimburse providers based on the value, not the volume, of care—including paying doctors to keep patients healthy. Medicare plans to shift 50% of its payments to such programs by 2018.

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