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Basing physician rankings solely on claims data is certainly a recipe for disaster. But this conclusion begs the questions of how one goes about getting a fair rating system. Making aggregated patient data available is both impractical - most offices use paper records - and runs afoul of privacy concerns. Yet this information is essential if the healthcare market concept is to succeed. If there is no way to create an informed consumer (on price, quality, etc), then the concept of a healthcare market will fail.

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