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)
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
government regulations, non-physician care providers
Safriet, Barbara J., "Closing the Gap Between Can and May in Health-Care Providers' Scope of Practice: A Primer for Policymakers" (2002). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 4422.