Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Mason and colleagues1 derived an economic model, based on England's National
Healthcare System (NHS), for determining when it might be cost-effective to
try to change physician behavior. Although health care is not nationalized
in the United States, some health care services for eligible elderly and disabled
patients are federally funded through Medicare. Three differences between
the NHS and Medicare must be recognized before the model of Mason et al1 can be applied to Medicare policy.
Weeks WB, Wallace AE. The Costs of Making Practice More Cost-effective. JAMA. 2002;287(13):1648-1650. doi:10.1001/jama.287.13.1645