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Doctor with piggy bank Changing how doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and other providers are paid is central to saving money and improving quality in health care. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Health-policy experts have long debated whether better outcomes and lower costs are achieved by putting more consumer “skin in the game” or by changing how providers such as hospitals and doctors are paid. It doesn’t have to be one or the other, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that if forced to choose, we should focus mostly on the incentives for providers.

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