Mass. Gov. Patrick: Overhaul health care costs 

Gov. Deval Patrick is calling on lawmakers to pass a sweeping overhaul of the health care payment system in Massachusetts.

In his state of the state address Monday, Patrick said Massachusetts has to end to the "fee-for-service" model that rewards doctors and hospitals for the amount of care they deliver instead of the quality.

Patrick said the system needs to be changed to reward doctors and other health care providers for coordinating patient care and focusing on keeping patients healthy instead of treating each illness.

Patrick said the state also needs to overhaul its medical malpractice laws.

State lawmakers have already said that health care cost containment is a top issue for the new year.

They say bringing costs under control is critical to maintaining the state's landmark 2006 health care law.

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