This Comment examines the issue of liability of third party health care payors in light of the decision in Wickline v. State. The author argues that third party payor liability for modern medicine is experiencing a tension that revolves around the need for quality medical care and the concurrent problem of the rising cost of medical services. The author further argues that third party payors are being pressured by California courts to provide carefully designed benefit programs that allow physicians to make quality health care decisions without having to worry about the payment source of additional costs. The author assesses the effect of third party payor liability for poor health care, and attempts to determine whether its cost outweighs its benefit.
Dorsett M. Lyde,
Wickline v. State: The Emerging Liability of Third Party Health Care Payors,
San Diego L. Rev.
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