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December 25, 1996

Health of the Public: The Private-Sector Challenge-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of California, San Francisco
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
United HealthCare Corporation Minneapolis, Minn
Dartmouth Medical School Hanover, NH
Harvard Medical School Boston, Mass

JAMA. 1996;276(24):1951-1952. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540240029017

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In Reply.  —Drs Woloshin and Schwartz provide useful amplifications on our thesis that managed care organizations need to fulfill their social responsibility. Dr Lehman appears to be using the term "health care" in a rather narrow sense, that is, as the organizational mechanism that delivers health services. We believe that health care is a social good that is increasingly being distributed through market mechanisms. The challenge to the private sector is to implement policies that provide the principal investors in the health care system (taxpayers) with an adequate return on this investment. The