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The Boston Globe


JAN. 30, 2012

Cost-controlled health coverage gaining ground

In just three years, a new way of paying for medical care has spread rapidly across Massachusetts, and now more than 1.2 million people are covered by plans that put providers on a budget in an effort to restrain health spending.

This means that about one in five Massachusetts residents are being treated by doctors working under these new cost-conscious arrangements, a Globe survey of insurers found - even before state lawmakers begin debating legislation to address soaring health insurance premiums by, in part, encouraging such plans.

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