The Metamorphosis of Managed Care: Implications for Health Reform Internationally

Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 38 (2):352-364 (2010)

Abstract

Many writers suggest that managed care had a brief life and that we are now in a post-managed care era. Yet managed care has had a long history and continues to thrive. Writers also often assume that managed care is a fixed entity, or focus on its tools, rather than the context in which it operates and the functions it performs. They overlook that managed care has evolved and neglect to examine the role that it plays in the health system.This article argues that private actors and the state have used managed care tools to promote diverse goals. These include the following: increasing access to medical care; restricting physician entrepreneurialism; challenging professional control over the medical economy; curbing medical spending; managing medical practice and markets; furthering the growth of medical markets and private insurance; promoting for-profit medical facilities and insurers; earning bounties for reducing medical expenditures; and reducing governmental responsibility for, and oversight of, medical care. Struggles over these competing goals spurred the metamorphosis of managed care internationally.

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