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Closing the Gap Between Can and May in Health-Care Providers\u27 Scopes of Practice: A Primer for Policymakers

By Barbara J. Safriet

Abstract

A gap has developed within the United States health care industry between the abilities of non-physician care providers and the activities government regulation allows them to perform. Dominant provider groups extensively lobby state legislators in order to obtain scope-of-practice monopolies, which confer exclusive control over their areas of interest and exclude other equally-capable groups from performing such services. As a result, the excluded providers\u27 skills are under-used, creating a systemic inefficiency. This Essay explores the development of the current scope-of practice system and discusses possible solutions, including a review of current reforms in Colorado and Ontario, Canada

Topics: Law
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.law.yale.edu:yjreg-1120
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