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CT insurance commissioner, doctors trade barbs over healthcare reform

Hartford Courant, March 5, 2010

Connecticut's insurance commissioner and the state's largest physician group traded barbs in the public debate over healthcare reform. Speaking to about 150 people who attended the Professional Insurance Agents of Connecticut convention, Insurance Commissioner Thomas Sullivan suggested a hypothetical situation in which doctors are paid based on their patients' health, rather than per visit. When asked about Sullivan's speech, the Connecticut State Medical Society fired back. "To suggest that physicians have patients come back for repeat appointments simply in order to make more money is ludicrous," Matthew Katz, the medical society's executive vice president, told the Hartford Courant.