New Era in Health Care Marked by Turbulence, Creativity, Author Says

Institutional economics in health care system integration

James C. Robinson, PhD, professor of health economics at the University of California, Berkeley, wrote the book, The Corporate Practice of Medicine: Competition and Innovation in Health Care, which was published by the University of California Press in 1999.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research.

Key Findings

Dr. Robinson concluded the following in his book:

  • The corporate system of health care has produced stronger organizations and more intense performance competition than the traditional system dominated by professionals.
  • This transformation of the health care system has swept away the framework of professional dominance in medicine.