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Selling Our SoulsThe Commodification of Hospital Care in the United States$
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Adam D. Reich

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691160405

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691160405.001.0001

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(p.189) Conclusion
Selling Our Souls

Adam D. Reich

Princeton University Press

This book has examined the commodification of hospital care in the United States. It has looked at PubliCare Hospital, HolyCare Hospital, and GroupCare Hospital to highlight the contradictions between the mission of hospital care and the market for it. If PubliCare is reminiscent of the hospital's past, and HolyCare is indicative of health care's present, then GroupCare seems to anticipate health care's future. This concluding chapter considers some of the changes in the U.S. health care market and cites the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, 2010). For example, the law imposes important new regulations on the insurance industry and promotes and incentivizes “evidence-based” medicine. The chapter argues that while PPACA certainly changes the market for hospital care, it does not resolve the market's contradictions. It also reflects on future prospects for hospitals and hospital care.

Keywords:   hospital care, PubliCare Hospital, HolyCare Hospital, GroupCare Hospital, market, health care, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, insurance industry, evidence-based medicine, hospitals

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