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ANCHOR LEAD: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HELPS EMPOWER EFFORTS TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Fee for service is how most of our current healthcare is provided: you go to see your physician and he or she charges you a fee. Many critics feel this system incentivizes too many procedures and tests, and contributes a lot to overinflated medical costs. Paul Rothman, dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, says the recently upheld Affordable Care Act has provisions to help in the development of a better system.

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