When Should Government Step in? Regulation in an Era of Managed Care

Conference on the role of regulation in a market-oriented health care system

The Council on the Economic Impact of Health System Change, Waltham, Mass., hosted a three-day conference, March 5–7, 1998 at Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., on the role of regulation in a market-oriented health care system.

The Council on the Economic Impact of Health System Change, was established as the Health Care Economic Council in 1993 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) (grant ID# 022975) and is administered by the Institute for Health Policy at Brandeis University.

The purpose of the conference was to conduct a nonpartisan dialogue among researchers, federal and state policymakers, industry experts, and consumer representatives on the appropriate role and nature of regulation in an increasingly market-oriented health care system.

Key Results

  • The conference was attended by 128 people representing 75 organizations, both major political parties, and a wide range of perspectives on the issues.
  • Eighteen presentations, including nine original papers, delivered by commissioned speakers and circulated at the conference, served to direct the discussions.
  • Following the conference, the presentations and papers were compiled in a book, which was scheduled for publication in June 1999 by Jossey-Bass.

Funding

RWJF supported the conference with a grant of $86,207 between September 1997 and June 1998.

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