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Report: Economic Worth Of Mass. Doctors

The Massachusetts Medical Society has just sent over this Lewin Group report, commissioned by the American Medical Association, on doctors’ contribution to the economy. Says the MMS:

Alice Coombs, M.D., President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said: “As the state’s number one industry, health care plays the leading role in the economic well-being of Massachusetts. This latest report clearly demonstrates that physicians contribute enormously to the economic health of our communities and the state, as well as to the personal and public health of our residents.”

That’s good news, of course. As well as problematic news: The economic importance of health care makes it all the more perilous for reformers to tinker with it, even though change is clearly needed.

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