Perspective: The Need For Evidence-Based Health Policy To Address Health Care Variations

Etheredge, Lynn
July 2003
Health Affairs;Jul/Aug2003 Supplement, pW3-366
Academic Journal
Medicare policy making now deals mostly with price-setting issues. However, as Warren Buffet has noted: "Price is what you pay. Value is what you get." Victor Fuchs's studies raise fundamental issues for a value-oriented Medicare program. Florida offers one of many regional patterns of Medicare mortality that are not yet adequately explained. Valued-oriented, evidence-based Medicare policies would target opportunities to improve population health and would foster greater use of evidence-based medicine.


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