Document Type

Article

Comments

Closing the Gap Between Can and May in Health-Care Providers' Scope of Practice: A Primer for Policymakers, 19 Yale Journal of Regulation 301 (2002)

Abstract

A gap has developed within the United States health care industry
between the abilities of non-physician care providers and the activities
government regulation allows them to perform. Dominant provider groups
extensively lobby state legislators in order to obtain scope-of-practice
monopolies, which confer exclusive control over their areas of interest and
exclude other equally-capable groups from performing such services. As a
result, the excluded providers' skills are under-used, creating a systemic
inefficiency. This Essay explores the development of the current scope-of-practice system and discusses possible solutions, including a review of
current reforms in Colorado and Ontario, Canada.

Date of Authorship for this Version

2002

Keywords

government regulations, non-physician care providers

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