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July 2007

For Love, for Money, or for Both?Which Way Will We Choose to Transform Children's Health Care?

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(7):715-717. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.7.715

Both the American people and the physician community hold internally conflicting views about health care and the medical profession, respectively. We are uncertain as a people whether access to high-quality health care is a fundamental right, such as freedom of speech, or a commercial service, such as hotel accommodations. We are uncertain as a medical profession whether our work is a calling or a job. These ambivalences are reflected in the current policy emphasis on and the public and professional queasiness about pay for performance.

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