Policy Documents

Building Bureaucracy and Invading Patient Privacy: Maryland's Health Care Regulations

Dale Snyder –
April 17, 1998

Maryland is a microcosm of many serious problems besetting America's health care system today.  Doctors and patients alike are losing control, and the number of uninsured persons in the state is rising.  The state's health policy--an incoherent bundle of politically driven contradictions--is driving up the cost of health care while artificially hammering down prices.  In 1996, for example, the cost of a hospital stay increased almost twice as fast as the national average. Such regulatory efforts have further distorted an already profoundly distorted employer-based health insurance market giving rise to an explosion of paperwork, new problems of access and quality, and a rash of unintended consequences.