The Privatization of Health Care and Physicians’ Perceptions of Access to Hospital Services

Health care in the United States is increasingly delivered by for-profit providers, by multi-facility corporations, and under conditions of price-based competition. The joint influence of these three trends is examined through data drawn from a 1984 survey of physicians conducted by the American Medical Association. For-profit ownership and price competition are reported to restrict admission for the poor and uninsured; the effects of system affiliation are shown to be more complex. Policy responses to future restrictions on access are discussed.

Author(s): Mark Schlesinger; Judy Bentkover; David Blumenthal; Robert Musacchio; Janet Willer

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Volume 65, Issue 1 (pages 25–58)
Published in 1987