How Should Medicare Pay Physicians?

Medicare’s system of paying physicians is criticized as being costly, inflationary, inefficient, inequitable, and confusing. Yet when alternative methods-to change practice arrangements, units of service, fee levels, and the assignment option-are examined, no one seems ideal. A fee-for-service system combined with a prospective payment schedule may offer the best compromise.

Author(s): Jack Hadley

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Volume 62, Issue 2 (pages 279–299)
Published in 1984