Who Shall Live?: Health, Economics, and Social Choice
In this classic book, Professor Victor Fuchs draws on his deep understanding of the strengths and limitations of economics and his intimate knowledge of health care institutions to help readers understand the problems every nation faces in trying to allocate health resources efficiently and equitably. Six complementary papers dealing with national health insurance, poverty and health, and other policy issues, including his 1996 presidential address to the American Economic Association, accompany the original 1974 text.
Health professionals, policy makers, social scientists, students and concerned citizens will all benefit from this highly readable, authoritative, and nuanced discussion of the difficult choices that lie ahead.
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Problems and Choices
Who Shall Live?
The Captain of the Team
The House of Hope
The Key to Modern Medicine
Paying for Medical Care
CONCLUSION Health and Social Choice
HEALTH ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL CHOICE
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