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Comment & Response
November 27, 2013

Health Care Cost Control and Views of Physicians

Author Affiliations
  • 1Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA. 2013;310(20):2199-2200. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282135

To the Editor Dr Tilburt and colleagues1 presented a survey of physicians’ views on controlling health care costs that suggested physicians do not hold themselves primarily responsible for decreasing costs. Instead, physicians look to many others, including trial lawyers, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and even patients. Dr Emanuel and Mr Steinmetz,2 in an accompanying Editorial, inferred that “… many physicians would prefer to sit on the sidelines while other actors in the health care system do the real work of reform.”

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