There are significant variations in how health care systems and health professionals are regulated globally. One feature that they increasingly have in common is an emphasis on the value of including members of the public in quality assurance processes. While many argue that this will help better serve the public interest, others question how far the changing regulatory forum agenda is still dominated by medical interests. Bringing together leading academics worldwide, this collection compares and critically examines the ways in which different countries are regulating healthcare in general, and health professions in particular, in the interest of users and the wider public.
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Introduction: professional health regulation in the public interest Health care governance, user involvement and medical regulation in Europe The informalisation of professional-patient interactions and the consequences for regulation in the United Kingdom The regulation of health care in Scandavia: professional, the public interest and trust Medical regulation for the public interest in the United Kingdom Regulating the regulators: the rise of the United Kingdom Professional Standards Authority Regulation and Russian medicine: whither medical professionalisation? Patterns of medical oversight and regulation in Canada Let the consumer beware: maintenance of licensure and certification in the United States Governing complementary and alternative medicine(CAM) in Brazil and Portugal: implications for CAM professionals and the public Birth of the hydra-headed monster: a unique antipodean model of health workforce governance Health complaints entities in Australia and New Zealand: serving the public interest? Trust and regulation of health systems: insights from India.