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

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World Scientific, 1998 - Medical - 278 pages
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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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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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