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James E. Rohrer; The Political Development of the Hill-Burton Program: A Case Study in Distributive Policy. J Health Polit Policy Law 1 February 1987; 12 (1): 137–152. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/03616878-12-1-137
The Hill-Burton program offers a rare opportunity to study a distributive health policy from its adoption to its elimination. This study reveals that the political dynamics of the policy changed over time. It concludes by observing that interest group influence on distributive health policies may only be decisive when circumstances permit. Those circumstances include the involvement of powerful elected officials and the degree of consensus among policy experts about the need for the policy and the appropriateness of its objectives.