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July 13, 2011

Realigning Incentives to Achieve Health Care Reform

JAMA. 2011;306(2):204-205. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.978

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act addressed a number of important issues; most particularly, enhancing access to health care insurance.1 However, the act did not address fundamental issues related to the organization and integration of health care and did not create a long-term economic model of payment for health care.2 It is vital, therefore, that the legislation be modified before its long-term limitations force cost containment measures detrimental to health care quality and access.