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Health Care Cost Control and Views of Physicians

Janet Weiner, MPH1
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1Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA. 2013;310(20):2199-2200. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282135.
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To the Editor Dr Tilburt and colleagues1 presented a survey of physicians’ views on controlling health care costs that suggested physicians do not hold themselves primarily responsible for decreasing costs. Instead, physicians look to many others, including trial lawyers, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and even patients. Dr Emanuel and Mr Steinmetz,2 in an accompanying Editorial, inferred that “… many physicians would prefer to sit on the sidelines while other actors in the health care system do the real work of reform.”


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November 27, 2013
Jon C. Tilburt, MD, MPH; Matthew K. Wynia, MD, MPH; Susan Dorr Goold, MD, MHSA, MA
1Division of General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
2Institute for Ethics, American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois
3Department of General Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2013;310(20):2200-2201. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282147.
November 27, 2013
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD; Andrew Steinmetz, BA
1Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA. 2013;310(20):2201. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282150.
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