Treating Healthcare as a Commons

Treating Health Care as a Commons

Two physicians explain how the commons could be used to improve medical care. Drs. Christine K. Cassel of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Troyen E. Brennan, a medical doctor and lawyer with Aetna, suggest that the commons may offer some distinct advantages over the fee-for-service model that now prevails in U.S. medicine. Their article in the June 13, 2007 issue of JAMA, “Managing Medical Resources: Return to the Commons?” argues that “physician engagement in a medical commons, ideally with communities of consumers, is arguably the only approach that will ensure proper allocation of health care resources.”