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Mother of Invention: How the Government Created "Free-Market" Health Care

Robert I. Field


Private enterprise drives health care more pervasivelyin the United Statesthananywhere else in the developed world. To many people,thisis evidence of a resounding “free-market” success. However, beneath the private veneer,the system also relies on a more influential but less visible player forindispensible support– the government. Public programs are of such foundational importance to American health care that they can be credited with creating the systemas it exists today. Private health care entrepreneurship actually representsa massive partnership between the public and private spheres. Thi ... More

Keywords: Health care, Free-market, Regulation, Public policy, Government intervention, Health policy, Health care industry, Health care innovation, Health reform, Health care system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199746750
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746750.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert I. Field, author
Drexel University