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Effect of Regulation on Health Care Quality: U-Shaped?

Posted Jan 07 2009 3:19pm

The Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon moderates an interesting policy forum on “ Does America’s Health Care Sector Produce More Health? ”  A podcast of the forum is available here.

Is a single payer system better than an unregulated health care system? If they U.S. scores worse on health care metrics, does that mean that unregulated health care systems are inherently inferior? Not necessarily. The U.S. is not a truly unregulated health care system. In fact, it could be the case that health care quality as a function of regulation could be related as follows:

The U.S. is somewhat regulated, but less regulated than health care systems in most European countries. Thus, it could be the case that moving the U.S. towards a single payer system or moving towards a completely deregulated system couldbothimprove health care quality in America.

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