Medical Economics and Health Finance
This book presents arguments for three alternative health services delivery futures-increasing regulation, competitive market approach, and a mixed hybrid strategy. The text poses a number of unresolved problems that will serve as a source of stimulation for practitio- ners, managers and academics interested in cost-containment and fi- nancial survival. Topics include cost containment, technology assess- ment, competition, marketing, planning regulations, rate regulations, consumerism, alternative medical manpower, cost-effectiveness analy- sis, cost-benefit studies, capital financing alternatives, and pro- blems with debt financing and leasing.
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