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Hawaii Med J. 2010 Dec;69(12):294-7.

A better idea for United States health care--the balanced choice proposal.

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  • 1John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, USA.


This article introduces a promising new health care financing proposal for physician payment called Balanced Choice. It summarizes the implications of health care economics and current well-publicized health care reform proposals, each of which is problematic for physicians and their patients. The Balanced Choice proposal is for an integrated two-tier national system, which has an economically efficient universal plan similar to single-payer, but with an option for enhanced services using market forces at the doctor-patient level to manage care. The two tiers are linked together and balanced so that each complements and enhances the other. Balanced Choice solves the problems of other proposals in a way that would work well for doctors and for patients, and represents a fresh and uniquely American solution to the problem of health care financing.

Hawaii Medical Journal Copyright 2010.

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