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The Heart of the Matter

Marc A. Rodwin

in Conflicts of Interest and the Future of Medicine

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755486
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894918 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755486.003.0002
The Heart of the Matter

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This chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine the political economy of medicine in the United States, France, and Japan. These countries illustrate how differences in the roles of organized medicine, markets, and the state affect the existence and resolution of physicians' conflicts of interest. It presents a background of the medical profession and medical economy in the three countries. It then discusses the sources of conflicts of interest and recommendations to address these problems.

Keywords: medical practice; physicians; conflict of interest; France; United States; Japan; political economy; medical economy

Chapter.  6626 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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