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Medicare-payment fix weighed

Wall Street Journal, January 30, 2009

As leaders in Congress and the Obama administration look to expand health-insurance coverage while controlling costs, they are considering changing the way doctors are paid for treating Medicare patients. Critics of the current system say it creates a financial incentive for unnecessary treatments. Policy makers and some private insurers may opt to make a single, blanket payment for such things as providing a few months of cancer treatment, which currently can involve many separate billable procedures.