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Competition within the physicians' services industry: osteopaths and allopaths

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

Am J Law Med. 1982 Summer;8(2):137-50.

Authors:

E A Blackstone

Abstract.

Within the physicians' services industry, doctors of osteopathy are the only "full line" competitors of medical doctors. Given the current interest in merger of the two schools of practice, this Article examines the benefits of having an independent osteopathic school. These benefits include: (1) reduction of the monopoly power of medical doctors in malpractice litigation, fee negotiations with third party payors and the formulation of health policy; (2) greater satisfaction of consumer desires; and (3) diversity and innovation in physicians' training and methods of practice. The Article concludes that society has an interest in discouraging merger of the two groups; osteopathy should be maintained as an independent school of practice. To this end, society should carefully consider the impact of legislation and regulatory policies that may have the unintended effect of eliminating osteopathy as an independent competitor.

Publication Date: 

1982 Jan

OEID: 

625

Blackstone, AE. (1982) 'Competition within the physicians' services industry: osteopaths and allopaths ', Am J Law Med. 1982 Summer;8(2):137-50.

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