The Regulatory Component of Health Care Reform

There is broad regulation of health care in the United States whether it is at the state or federal level. Reforming health care will then necessarily involve redesigning policies and institutions related to regulation.

In this paper, the author detailed ideas about enacting regulation in the health care sector as part of health care reform efforts.

Key Findings:  

  • As related to health care, regulation incorporates price control, market entry limitations, product requirements and production processes, and mandated product characteristic disclosures.
  • Regulation has been posited as a way to address existing inequities in the health care system. Additionally, there are procedural, informational, and political aspects of regulation that impact conditions for providers and patients in the health care system.
  • Changes in regulation in any format will depend on the type of system reform attached to regulatory actions.

Viewing regulatory changes as the sole strategy for health care reform will not lead to cost control or improved efficiency in the health care system.

Keywords: Administrative Cost/Structure, Cost Containment, Legal Issues/Reforms