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Quit treating physicians like crack whores

"It’s not the first study documenting the intellectual poverty of policies that owe their theory of human action to Pavlov. BC seems to have blown a billion (not a typo) over the past decade on a similar approach to improve primary care. The message is clear. Quit treating physicians as if they’re crack whores."

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Engaging Clinicians through Intrinsic Incentives by Chris Carruthers and Wendy Levinson 
…the importance of recognizing and rewarding quality through a much broader range of incentives that play to the intrinsic incentives motivating physicians than can be achieved with simple pay for performance schemes.
The hidden waste in Ontario healthcare by Mark Hundert, Chris Helyar and Tom Closson
The evidence suggests that Ontarians in certain areas of the province and at certain hospitals are getting costly, unnecessary treatments.
An open letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care from Ved R. Tandan, President of the Ontario Medical Association
Dear Minister Hoskins: Ontario’s Doctors were disappointed to read several of your comments in the press regarding on-going negotiations between the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario government. 

Sacred Cows. . . a Rick Merceresque rant….
– the bottom line: change is required, some sacred cows need to be turned into hamburgers and the politicians are going to have to put some skin in the game with unions, communities and professions
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