Here’s the next several passages from Paul Starr’s The Social Transformation of American Medicine that I care to share (all posts pertaining to this book are under the STAM tag). They’re from pages 26 and 28, respectively.
In the past, I’ve paid great attention to the balance of power between hospitals and insurers. However, there’s another set of power struggles I’ve neglected, that between physicians and other entities that would seek to organize and control them: hospitals, insurers, and the government. Starr’s book promises to focus considerably on these fronts so, in time, I may have a lot more to say about them.