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By Beaufort B. Longest Jr.

The ebook collects fresh articles on significant wellbeing and fitness coverage matters, in addition to an advent by way of Longest. subject matters addressed contain Medicare, nation future health reform, the connection among politics and coverage, buyer safeguard, genetic privateness, and antitrust. moreover, a bit on the finish of the e-book summarizes key matters linked to health and wellbeing coverage: costs, insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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This potent pressure for vertical integration continues apace. Managed care has become the dominant template for providing and financing health services in the United States. More than 130 million citizens are now enrolled in some form of managed care, half of all physicians participate in managed care plans, about three-fourths of hospitals have managed care contracts, and the vast majority of employers offer their employees managed care plans (Fubini and Antonelli 1997). Vertical integration, because it links components that are involved in different aspects of patient care services, was and remains crucial for managed care to have an opportunity to realize efficiencies in the provision of these services.

There is a continuous cat-and-mouse game in which the providers always seem to win and the taxpayers always seem to lose. Another feature of this highly centralized administered agreement is the barriers encountered in trying to make any fundamental changes in the price structure. Those who would change the program must mount an enormous campaign over many years and obtain statutes in Congress by taking on all the lobbyists to effect a change that a corporation and its union can agree on in one Friday afternoon meeting.

Fischer. 1996. Making Integrated Health Care Work. Englewood, CO: Center for Research in Ambulatory Health Care Administration. Conrad, D. , and W. L. Dowling. 1990. “Vertical Integration in Health Services: Theory and Managerial Implications,” Health Care Management Review 15 (4): 9–22. Dowling, W. L. 1995. ” In Partners for the Dance: Forming Strategic Alliances in Health Care, edited 36 Relationships Between Health Policy and Health by A. D. Kaluzny, H. S. Zuckerman, and T. C. Ricketts, III, 139–75.

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