To save you the trouble of wading through a lot of scientific detail, which I know you don't care about
, I'll tell you that the story is about a queer idol of solid gold, weighing many pounds, and, in consequence, of great value.
However, if we truly care about
that issue, we could mount a parallel effort to require payment of a living wage so that no one but laggards need live in poverty.
Providers had concerns under traditional managed care about
plans disrupting the patient-physician relationships that they believe are critical to high levels of care.
But purchasers of health care usually don't know, and often don't care about
its quality, and so private health-care providers can't increase their incomes by offering it.
Ultimately, health plans and integrated systems would be caring for a defined population with an incentive to care about
the health and wellness of that population.
Kassirer succinctly summarizes this admonition: "These companies can survive, if (they) show that they care about
more than profits, that they do not skimp on care, that they support their just share of teaching, research, and the care of the poor, that they no longer muzzle physicians, and that they offer something special (including controlling costs) by managing care.