Although the nation failed during the past decade to enact large-scale,structural change in government health policy, it has seen health care in the private sector remodeled dramatically during the same period. In this article I argue that a new round of equally significant changes is quite possible,this time at the hands of the national government. More specifically, I argue that for a variety of reasons, both enduring and more recently born, support for the private sector and the market in health care is relatively weak; that given likely trends in costs, demographics, and inequalities, it is likely to get even weaker; and that in the potential coming crisis of the health care system, there will be a real opportunity for seizing the agenda and winning policy battles on the part of would-be reformers pushing large-scale, public sector–oriented changes that go well beyond the recent reform efforts directed at managed care and HMOs.
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Research Article| June 01 2003
Reform and Remembrance: The Place of the Private Sector in the Future of Health Care Policy
J Health Polit Policy Law (2003) 28 (2-3): 355–386.
Grant Reeher; Reform and Remembrance: The Place of the Private Sector in the Future of Health Care Policy. J Health Polit Policy Law 1 June 2003; 28 (2-3): 355–386. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/03616878-28-2-3-355
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