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Inside Medicine: How’s your doctor paid? It pays to know
Sacramento Bee

Like it or not, in the United States, the practice of medicine is driven by different incentives – to get people better, to improve the quality of people’s lives, and of course to make money.

For the most part, there are four basic models to pay doctors.

None of these payment systems is perfect, and each can lead to some pretty odd behaviors when care is driven by these financial incentives. It is important to understand the incentives that may be driving your doctor’s behaviors so you can ask clarifying questions to make sure you are getting the care you need.