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The Boston Globe


June 22, 2012 | Alan Sager and Deborah Socolar

Beacon Hill’s health plans are doomed to failure

The Massachusetts Legislature will soon pass a bill promising to control health costs. But a bill that can pass will be too weak to work. Political pressure to craft a law with real teeth is still lacking.

The world’s other rich democracies surpass the U.S. in containing health costs while covering all people and enjoying superior longevity. Despite big differences in how they raise money, cover people, and pay hospitals and doctors, they share six key approaches to containing costs.

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