Implications of Medical Board Funding Autonomy
Jun 01, 1995
Shirley Svorny and Eugenia Froedge Toma

This paper focuses on the institutional arrangements governing the funding of state medical boards.

Our hypothesis is that freedom from legislative budgetary oversight facilitates special interest dominance, increasing the extent to which physician interests are reflected in board policies. The empirical evidence supports the idea that board autonomy facilitates physician efforts to procure protective regulation.

There are fewer physicians and greater expenditures on physician services in states where boards are self-funded than in states where boards are subject to direct legislative budgetary oversight.