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There were plenty of patients buy dutas 0.5 mg line, and revenues were essentially guaran- teed by third-party payers. Competition had been minimized through gentlemen’s agreements among various healthcare providers. If providers did not overtly collude to carve up the patient market, they respected infor- mal boundaries set to reduce competition. They maintained monopolies or oligopolies in their market areas and evinced a product orientation. These factors contributed to the perception (and, in many cases, the reality) that marketing was an unnecessary activity for healthcare organi- zations. From the perspective of mainstream providers, physicians referred their patients to the hospital and insurance plans steered their enrollees to the facility. This mind-set perpetuated the impression that marketing was 36 arketing Health Services not needed and overlooked the important marketing tasks of physician- relationship development and health plan contract negotiation. No Knowledge of Marketing Few healthcare administrators in the past were schooled in the business aspects of healthcare, and fewer still had training or experience in market- ing. Many senior healthcare administrators had not received formal train- ing in their field, and those trained prior to the 1980s were not likely to have received much exposure to healthcare marketing. The almost total absence of marketing within healthcare provided no exposure for health- care executives, and the fact that their fellow administrators were similarly unenlightened with regard to marketing further underscored the lack of knowledge about marketing on the part of health professionals. Even if a healthcare administrator had some interest in marketing, until recently few sources of information related to the topic existed. Unlike in other fields, there have been few texts on the topic and a limited num- ber of models could be held up for emulation. Few administrators had an inclination to develop competency in marketing; as a result, few took the initiative to make themselves knowledgeable on the topic.

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