Government Intervention in Health Care Markets Is Practical, Necessary, and Morally Sound
Article first published online: 12 OCT 2012
© 2012 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Special Issue: SYMPOSIUM 1: Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Medicine
Volume 40, Issue 3, pages 547–557, Fall 2012
How to Cite
Nichols, L. M. (2012), Government Intervention in Health Care Markets Is Practical, Necessary, and Morally Sound. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 40: 547–557. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2012.00688.x
- Issue published online: 12 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 12 OCT 2012
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