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Conflicts of Conscience in Health CareAn Institutional Compromise$
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Holly Fernandez Lynch

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262123051

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262123051.001.0001

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Calibrating Supply and Demand

Calibrating Supply and Demand

(p.165) 7 Calibrating Supply and Demand
Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care

Holly Fernandez Lynch

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This chapter, which analyzes physician supply and patient demand, addresses the problems with the antitrust measures of geographic market boundaries. It shows that the supply and demand may potentially be misaligned as a result of conscientious refusal, which state licensing boards will have an obligation to remedy, and also evaluates the supply–demand discrepancies resulting narrowly from conflicts of conscience. The chapter suggests that licensing boards can overcome, or at least lessen, the market failures which currently make conflicts of conscience between doctors and their patients so problematic.

Keywords:   physician supply, patient demand, conscientious refusal, state licensing boards, conscience, doctors, patients

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