Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 261-271

First online:

How Physicians Lost Out to Managed Care: A Case Study of Accommodation and Resistance in a Medical Community

  • Cindy A. StearnsAffiliated withWomen's Studies, Sonoma State University

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This paper involves a case study of physicians working in an urban Midwestern region. It raises questions surrounding how physicians adapted to, encouraged and resisted the increasing presence of managed care in their work lives. The patterning of physician accommodation to managed care and the failure of physicians to mount any effective organized resistance in Metro has some important implications for theories about professional dominance and decline.