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Health Care Management Review:

A Blended Strategy Using Competitive and Regulatory Models

Weil, Thomas P.; Battistella, Roger M.

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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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