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■Class discussion: Like most doctors, Dr. Fata was paid based on the number of patients he treated, procedures he performed and drugs he used. Is this the best way to pay doctors? Would it be better to just pay them a very good salary? Insurance companies also pay hospitals and clinics based on numbers of patients, procedures and drugs. Does this type of system encourage needless treatments or even fraud? What would be a better way of delivering medical care? Who ends up paying for waste, fraud and big profits in the health care system?
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