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Medicine and the Market

Principal InvestigatorsDaniel Callahan and Angela Wasunna

Funders: The Rockefeller Foundation and the Pettus-Crowe Foundation

Is the institution of medicine compatible with market values? Driven by that fundamental question, this project examined, at the international level, the relationship between medicine and the market: the impact of market theory and market tactics on the provision of health care. The project focused on three variables–health care costs, the equitable distribution of health care, and the doctor-patient relationship–and explored how different cultures respond to market thinking, asking why some cultures are more open to it than others. The project produced a book, Daniel Callahan and Angela A. Wasunna, Medicine and the Market: Equity v Choice (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).