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August 18, 1999

Fixed vs Variable Costs of Hospital Care—Reply

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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(7):630. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-7-jbk0818

In Reply: We agree with the points made by Dr Propp and Dr Rosenstein. Medicine is in flux. At the same time patient care and how it is delivered is increasingly influenced by economic forces. Our hope is that physicians will contribute more to the current health policy debate, as the outcomes will affect how we treat our patients.

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