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January 12, 2016

Value Promotion in Health Care: The Importance of Symmetry

Author Affiliations
  • 1Fuqua School of Business, Sanford School of Public Policy, School of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA. 2016;315(2):133-134. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.18159

Health care systems around the world are under pressure to restrain health care expenditures. In response, many health care leaders have embraced the idea of promoting health care value, with value defined “as the healthcare outcomes achieved per dollar spent.”1 For instance, some experts have urged third-party payers to adopt value-based insurance designs, whereby the amount patients pay out-of-pocket for health care services varies not as a function of the cost of those services but, instead, as a function of their value.2

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