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The opinions expressed in this blog are primarily those of Merton D. Finkler Ph.D., retired Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Economics at Lawrence University and William McLaughlin retired Founder President and CEO of Those opinions are based upon many years of education, scholarship, teaching and industry experience. Read their biographies at "Meet the Team" and make your own judgments about the veracity of their opinions.


April 24, 2020

In the first three parts to this series, we addressed the character of medical services, the role of private insurance and the history of hospital regulations.  We argued that medical services are not a purely private good; thus, the local community...

April 23, 2020

For the first roughly seventy years of the last century health care services were regulated primarily by health care organizations themselves (internal hospital medical review committees, hospital industry controlled accreditation agencies-e.g. Joint...

April 15, 2020

Prior to 1920 most medical care was paid directly from patient to provider. If insurance was purchased it was more likely to be “sickness insurance” which paid insureds for lost wages during illness. In addition, the quality of medical and hospital c...

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