Trading Volume for Value

As worry builds over the long-term prospect of escalating deficits and mounting federal debt, reforming our health care delivery system may offer the best chance of solving the nation’s health care cost crisis. Changing the way we pay for care so that physicians and other providers reap greater rewards for value than for volume could be the key to slowing inflation in health expenditures while improving the quality of care we deliver.

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By Jonathan Nelson
This article was originally published in the fall 2011 edition of Texas Family Physicians (www.tafp.org).