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James C. Capretta

James C. Capretta

New Atlantis Contributing Editor James C. Capretta is an expert on health care and entitlement policy, with years of experience in both the executive and legislative branches of government. E-mail: jcapretta@aei.org.


James C. Capretta’s Latest New Atlantis Articles

 Health Care with a Conscience” (Fall 2008) 

 Health Care 2008: A Political Primer” (Spring 2008) 

 The Clipboard of the Future” (Winter 2008)


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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Should People Be Paid to Stay Healthy? 

The New York Times has a symposium on wellness incentive programs in insurance and health care. I argue that they're worth a try:

In health care, as in so much else in modern life, money matters immensely. It matters for those who provide services to patients, as well as for those who consume them. We would have a better health care system today if public policy harnessed financial incentives in the right way — to produce higher quality care at a lower cost.

Alas, U.S. health care is awash in third-party payment arrangements that fundamentally distort decision-making and drive up costs. Public insurance and heavily tax-subsidized employer-provided coverage pay the bulk of the nation’s health care bills, which means consumers are largely insulated from the financial consequences of their choices, including the health care costs associated with unhealthy behavior.

Read the whole thing here.

posted by James C. Capretta | 10:34 am
Tags: wellness programs, patient incentives
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