Prospective payment is distinguished from the imposition of a regulatory ceiling on hospital costs. While a regulatory ceiling could potentially be effective in controlling expenditure growth, its success depends upon the political climate. Prospective payment, as a distinct financial policy, offers little cost-containment potential. It is more appropriately evaluated in terms of its effects on the distribution of risk between providers and third parties and on the trade-off between investment and current consumption.

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