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Government and Third Party Payers

  • Allan H. Bruckheim

Abstract

The idea of including a chapter on “Government” in a medical textbook would have been inconceivable to editors 30 or 40 years ago; yet today it seems quite appropriate that the practicing physician receive information concerning the workings of government. Nowhere in our society have greater changes occurred between the government and an “industry” than that transition from a sparsely regulated, predominantly free enterprise system under which medicine formerly operated, to the complex, multiregulated system that exists today. The astonishing fact is that although every effort is being made to keep this chapter timely, the changes affecting the practicing physician are occurring with such rapidity, and are of such impact that this discussion can only indicate the magnitude of the interaction between government, third party payers, and the practitioner, and provide the basis on which he can evaluate the onslaught of additional regulations that are foreseeable in the future.

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Supplemental Security Income Party Payer Blue Shield Health Manpower Free Enterprise System 
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