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A Blended Strategy Using Competitive and Regulatory Models

Weil, Thomas P.; Battistella, Roger M.

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Abstract

Whether the health field in the United States should have more competition or more government regulation is now at the center of the public policy debate. After examining the market-driven and regulatory models to constrain cost and improve access to care, this article argues against supporting either extreme and instead favors a blended approach where the emphasis is on practicality rather than ideological exactness. Such a mixed strategy is predicted to eventually gain acceptance, legitimacy, and momentum, since such a hybrid design is more consistent with America's cultural and political values.

Copyright © 1998 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.

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