The Heart of the Matter
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.
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