Q: You wrote that uncertainty about the quality of health care is “perhaps more intense here than in any other important commodity.” Why does that matter for patients?
A: Uncertainty about the cost of medical care can be transferred through the market by means of an insurance policy. But uncertainty about the quality of care cannot be insured against in any simple way.
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