Discuss Question 16
16. FISCAL KNOWLEDGE: For healthcare programs, the federal government pays medical providers more on the basis of patient health outcomes than on the amount of medical services they perform.
ANSWER: False – Federal healthcare payment systems pay mostly on the basis of the amount and type of services performed, rather than patient outcomes. This system can serve to encourage excess services and, in some cases, provides incentives that are in conflict with the interests both of the patient and the taxpayer.