Doctors' Cure

A new health-care proposal from an influential physicians' group

FEW PEOPLE DISPUTE THAT A WAY MUST BE FOUND to provide medical coverage for the more than 35 million Americans who have no insurance, and fewer still that the U.S. desperately needs at the same time to control the runaway growth of health-care costs (1991 total: $700 billion). The American College of Physicians has waded into this widening crisis with a dramatic plan for accomplishing those inherently contradictory goals. The society of 78,000 doctors has concluded that the only way to fix the U.S. health-care system is to set a budget and stick to it. Most surprising, the organization concedes that...

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