Interprofessional conflict is one of the facts of life with which professions must contend. This article suggests that the state has delegated to the professions its obligation to protect the public. Within the health care system, this has given a virtual monopoly to allopathic medicine. Even with the waning of allopathic dominance, conflict is not likely to decrease but to increase in the future, and the only practical solution would appear to be to return to a government-regulated system that uses a rational approach to resolve conflicts between health professions.
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