ERIC Number: ED198439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Effectiveness of Licensing.
Hogan, Daniel B.
Licensing is not only ineffective in most professions including the health field but perhaps counterproductive in trying to protect the consumer from incompetent or unethical practitioners. The history and status of professional licensing in this country date back to 1760. Today almost 5,000 different professional and occupational licenses are granted, affecting one-third to one-fifth of the workforce. An examination of the research shows: (1) little evidence that the quality of professional services has improved as a result of licensing laws; (2) the increased cost of services resulting from licensure prevents the poor from being able to afford or find a practitioner; and (3) equally beneficial and cheaper alternatives are available. Recommendations and guidelines put forth to guide the formation of health care regulations emphasize that licensing laws are meant only to protect the public from harm. A system of registration within each state is recommended for the mental health field, including a registration board. (Author/KMF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the State of California Board of Medical Quality Assurance Colloquium on "The Regulation of Health Care Occupations" (Sacramento, CA, November, 1980).