Phil Ball, MD
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To the Editors: A national debate is going on about changing the American health delivery system. Our present medical compensation system pays much for the care of medical catastrophes and poorly for preventive care to head them off.
All of us (including me) would like to be medically pampered without any personal out-of-pocket expense and (read my lips) no new taxes. Yet, we cannot afford the cost or the omissions of the medical care system as presently designed. We must consider the role of behavior and responsibility.
For instance, a man who has severe emphysema but continues to smoke five
Ball P. Comportment and Health Care Reform. Ann Intern Med. 1992;117:798. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-9-798_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(9):798.
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