Is Choice of Physician and Hospital an Essential Benefit?


(The Journal of the American Medical Association)

by Robert H. Brook

January 12, 2011

In the 1970s, health care was simpler. The fields of transplant surgery, clinical pharmacology, and clinical oncology, among others, were just emerging. The proportion of the gross national product spent on health care was in the low single digits....

The remainder of this op-ed can be found at

JAMA. 2011;305(2):195-196.

This commentary originally appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association on January 12, 2011. Commentary gives RAND researchers a platform to convey insights based on their professional expertise and often on their peer-reviewed research and analysis.