Doctors Should Be Paid by Salary, Not Fee-for-Service, Argue Behavioral Economists

In an intriguing commentary on the way physicians are paid, the Journal of the American Medical Association argues that traditional fee-for-service payments create incentives for doctors to look at how much money they can make on multiple services, as opposed to what’s best for a patient. As reported by Carnegie Mellon University, paying a salary instead could cut back on over-provision of tests and over treatment of patients. In plain language, fee-for-services encourages conflicts...

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