Medicine And The Media

Managing care

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 16 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:757
  1. John Roberts, North American editor
  1. BMJ

    As the world knows, government last year tried and failed to reform America's medical system. But what has been unappreciated is the revolution that occurred in American medicine through the private sector.

    Today, two thirds of Americans with private health insurance are covered by a “managed care phase,” which essentially boils down to the fact that doctors are in some way responsible for the financial health of the insurer as well as the physical and mental health of the patient.

    With that background, Public Television used one of its most popular formats to debate the strengths and weaknesses …

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