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Financial incentives prompt doctors to step up care for patients
Los Angeles Times

How do you get doctors to do a better job of controlling their patients’ high blood pressure? Pay them, according to the results of an unusual clinical trial.

For a typical doctor treating 1,000 patients for hypertension, extra payments of $1,648 were enough to get blood pressure under control – or at least get doctors to prescribe the right drugs and recommend the right lifestyle changes – for 84 additional patients. Those payments (distributed over 20 months) amounted to about 1.6% of the doctor’s annual salary.