Who Shall Live?: Health, Economics, and Social Choice

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World Scientific, 1998 - Medical - 278 pages
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Reviews from First Edition"It is the most useful little volume in recent years for the general reader ... Page for page, there is more fact, and more illuminatingprinciple, than in many books ten times its length". The New York Times book section"... superbly intelligent commentary on American health care ... another piece of evidence that the economists such as Fuchs arebecoming the shrewdest of the public moralists for this generation". The Washington Post Book WorldThis is a fine book, written by one of the most acute observers of the health scene in the United States today. We need more economists like Victor Fuchs to help us rationalize the increasingly expensive and chaotic system of health services. I agree most emphatically with his conclusions.John H KnowlesMD, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, 1974Overall, this book is a magnificent achievement. Every physician who reads it will find a great deal to think about. An enormous amount of information is compressed into 151 pages.RogerPlattMD, Consulting Editor, Hospital PhysicianWho Shall Live? is, by far, the best book I have ever read on the subject of medicine as it relates to economics ... I think every physician or patient concerned about what may or may not happen to our health care system ought to buy this book, read it, and keep it available for reference.William A NolenMD, Minneapolis Tribune
 

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Read the 1975 edition in college. We are still wrestling with the same problems in health care and his analysis of each of the 'players' is still relevant - patients, physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, social policy makers, etc. Read full review

Contents

Problems and Choices
9
Who Shall Live?
30
The Captain of the Team
56
The House of Hope
79
The Key to Modern Medicine
105
Paying for Medical Care
127
CONCLUSION Health and Social Choice
143
HEALTH ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL CHOICE
153
Asking the Right Questions
165
The Irrational Pursuit
177
National Health Insurance Revisited
192
A Researcher Examines Reform
203
Economics Values and Health Care Reform
217
Notes
251
Index
263
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About the author (1998)

Victor R. Fuchs is professor of economics at Stanford University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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