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What others say: Paying for results, not treatments

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  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    The more doctors are pushed by medicare and others, the more many of them will simply stop seeing medicare patients. Be careful of unintended consequences. Many "solutions" actually end up making problems worse, especially in government.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    We already have the system that they are asking for. It is in the hospitals that are also owned by insurance companies. They are leading the way at cutting costs through making testing and everything connected through a person's healthcare needs.

    Getting the government involved in the system will do nothing to cut costs. In fact it may make things better because in government systems you are praised on the number of things you do, and do not have to account for innefficiencies.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    A single payer system, that puts health care of and for people as the priority of the system is the answer. Remove the impetus to view each patient strictly from an outcome or cashflow standpoint entirely.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    The result will be that physicians only take on patients with minor illnesses that have an assured outcome. "Sorry Ms. Jones, but you have a disease that responds only 50% of the time. Here, let me give you a list of doctors who are desperate for patients, they may take your problem on."