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Date:2/12/2013

our system," he said. "But even if we could get prices easily, that won't be the whole story, because you need to have price and quality metrics together. Otherwise, you could find a cheap price for a crappy job."

Emanuel said the desired endpoint is the combination of low price and high quality. "That's the sweet spot we're all looking for," he said, "and that is a very tricky spot to find."

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SOURCES: Peter Cram, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor, and director, division of general medicine, department of medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa; Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., chairman, department of medical ethics and health policy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Feb. 11, 2013, JAMA Internal Medicine, online


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