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Health service ills: the wrong economic medicine (a critique of David Green's Which Doctor?)

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  • Tony J Culyer

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In a recently published monograph of the INstitute of Economic Affairs by Dr David Green entitled Which Doctor?, the argument is made that the ills of the NHS can all at root be laid at the door of one professionally regulated froup: the doctors, and that, if only this encumbrance could be removed, the full beneficial fruits of a deregulated market would be harvested. In this Discussion Paper, Professor Culyer mounts a conprehensive rebuttal of Dr Green's argument, arguing not only that the deregulation of the medical profession is insufficient ro produce the market results predicted by Dr Green, but that it would also produce direct harms while detracting attention from issues whose resolution would have substantial impact upon efficiency in the NHS.

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  • Tony J Culyer, 1986. "Health service ills: the wrong economic medicine (a critique of David Green's Which Doctor?)," Working Papers 016chedp, Centre for Health Economics, University of York.
  • Handle: RePEc:chy:respap:16chedp
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