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Will the Law Decrease Overtreatment?
New York Times

Q. Overprescribing and overtesting run rampant through our health care system. What will the bill do to decrease such wasteful practices as prescribing antibiotics for virus infections and doing CT scans on anyone with a headache, chest pain or abdominal pain who goes to an E.R.? — Thomas G. Smith, M.D. A. As a physician, you know that our medical system currently pays doctors, hospitals and other medical providers a la carte — for individual procedures performed and tests administered, rather than for improving a patient’s condition over time.