Health Policy Issues: An Economic Perspective on Health Reform

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AUPHA Press, 1994 - Health Insurance - 321 pages
This issue-oriented book explores topics in healthcare policy from an economic perspective. This book will help you understand the political aspects of financing & delivering health services.

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Contents

The Rise in Medical Expenditures
1
1 The Nations Health Care Dollar 1991
4
How Much Should We Spend on Medical Care?
12
1 Business Spending on Health Premiums
20
Do More Medical Expenditures Produce Better Health?
24
1 The Effect of Increased Medical Expenditures
27
In Whose Interest Does the Physician Act?
35
1 Number of Physicians and PhysicianPopulation
37
Does It Raise or Lower Costs?
119
Vertically Integrated Health Care Organizations
131
Cost Shifting
140
Can Price Controls Limit Medical Expenditure Increases?
151
Managed Care Competition
161
American Competitiveness and Rising Health Costs
172
Why Is It So Difficult to Get into Medical School?
182
The Shortage of Nurses
193

Rationing Medical Services
44
1 Health Spending and Personal Income in Different
46
How Much Health Insurance Should Everyone Have?
54
1 Deductibles Copayments and Catastrophic
55
Why Are Those Who Most Need Health Insurance Least Able to Buy It?
64
1 The Determinants of Health Insurance Premiums
65
Medicare and Medicaid
74
1 Percent Distribution of Medicaid Recipients
75
The New Medicare Physician Payment System
86
1 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Effect on Fees
90
Physician Incomes
97
The Malpractice Crisis
109
The High Price of Prescription Drugs
204
Should Kidneys and Other Organs Be Bought and Sold?
217
The Role of Government in Medical Care
227
Who Should Pay?
237
The Canadian Health Care System
246
EmployerMandated National Health Insurance
257
Which Approach and Why?
267
Financing LongTerm Care
276
The Politics of Health Care Reform
289
Discussion Questions
300
Index
308
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