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The Managed Care Blues and How to Cure Them, by Walter A. Zelman and Robert A. Berenson. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1998. 240 pp.

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 2000

Donald W. Light
Donald W. Light, Ph.D., is a Fellow at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Professor of Comparative Health Care Systems at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.


In a new and important book entitled The Managed Care Blues and How to Cure Them, a lifetime consumer advocate and a surgeon who witnessed the excesses and unaccountable errors of his colleagues under fee for service explain with deft hands the promise of managed care, its problems, and solutions to them. Walter Zelman and Robert Berenson show empathy for the consumer backlash, provider resentment, and the patients' rights movement that has spawned a thousand bills to prevent possibly unethical actions. Yet they believe these efforts to regulate managed care are misdirected and will prevent it from realizing its potential.

© 2000 Cambridge University Press

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