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  • n  a tax levied on the basis of a fixed amount per person

  • Cynics may contend that doctors mainly want to protect their incomes by preventing HMOs from lowering capitation (per patient) payments.
  • Still, the competition to win contracts is so keen that the system's capitation rate--the cost per patient, which averages $1,824 a year--dropped 11% last year.
  • Under a system known as capitation, which pays HMO providers a set monthly fee for each enrolled patient, doctors are offered a financial incentive to limit both the number of .
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  • The absolute case for relative value units
    Fee-for-service methodologies, especially relative-value units (RVUs), keep creeping back into alternative payment models like capitation.  Maybe we should take the hint and adapt RVUs to the new environment rather than throwing them out the window. That’s the essential message of a persuasive Perspective by Erick Stecker and Steven Schroeder in the latest New England Journal of […]
    Nov. 22, 2013 - MedCity News

  • Kapil Sibal in
    We are very serious about it (capitation fee). This is destroying our education system,Sibal told a press conference.
  • John Curran in Irish Independent
    We did a study of the cost of running a typical 100-student school and compared that cost to the capitation grant we would receive,said John Curran of the IPPN.

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