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letters | CHANGING THE WAY DOCTORS GET PAID

Jury still out on global payments

THE GLOBE report and statement by state Representative Steven Walsh read too much into the results of a weak study that hints at a 3.3 percent health cost savings after a new global payment contract that pays doctors bonuses for cutting costs (“Blue Cross plan shows reduction in spending,” Page A1, July 12).

Certainly, Walsh’s assertion — “This proves. . . you can save money” — is unfounded. Michael Chernew, the study’s senior author, was the only person who reasonably stated that the findings were inconclusive.

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