Compulsion: the key to US health care reform

Cam Donaldson*, Stirling Bryan

*Corresponding author for this work

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To meet the twin goals of cost containment and universal coverage, health care legislators in the US will eventually have to come to grips with the concept of 'compulsion'. This is the main tenet of this paper, which also addresses what compulsion might mean as applied in the context of recent US health care legislation and its implications for the US health care industry. Missing the opportunity to embrace compulsion more fully may lead to cost containment not being achieved, thus threatening the sustainability of the reforms contained in the recently Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-109
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Health Services Research and Policy
Issue number2
Early online date1 Apr 2012
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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