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Code Red: An Economist Explains How to Revive the Healthcare System without Destroying It Hardcover – February 24, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0691129419 ISBN-10: 069112941X Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1 edition (February 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069112941X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691129419
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Code Red is one of the two or three best books on the economics of health care. It is especially strong on how the current mess evolved historically and what has been tried (or not tried) along the way. This is the place to go to understand PSROs or what happened to the HMO revolution...This book won't make anyone fully happy, but it is a must for fans of health care policy."--Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution

"Many books and articles address improvements to the US health care system and the provision of health insurance to all citizens . . . [Dranove's] goal . . . is to review public sector efforts to deal with access, costs, and quality. . . . [I]t is well written . . . and does a good job of providing insights into the national debate. . . . In the end, having a quality system requires an efficient public-private partnership."--R. L. Jones, Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, for CHOICE

"With health care as a key issue in the presidential campaign, it is refreshing to read a balanced, well-reasoned essay on the ailments of our healthcare system, along with some possible remedies. Code Red is an excellent read for health care professionals and policy wonks: it is suitable for anyone interested in the debate, though it employs a modicum of vocabulary from Dranove's discipline, economics."--Michael P. Meacham, Centre Daily Times

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"Just what the doctor ordered. In Code Red, David Dranove explains how the United States came to finance healthcare; critically examines proposals that are often touted as solutions to what ails the healthcare system, like quality report cards and consumer-directed healthcare; and provides his own sensible prescription for reform."--Jill Quadagno, author of One Nation, Uninsured

"This is an excellent book and a truly valuable contribution to the discussion of healthcare in the United States. It frames the debate by providing a concise yet impressive history of healthcare in the United States and then follows it with an analysis of the available solutions. Policymakers, professionals, and students need to hear this message."--Lawton Robert Burns, editor of The Business of Healthcare Innovation

"This is a well-written and thought-provoking book. Few would dispute the current U.S. health system is in crisis. The question is what to do? In this book, David Dranove offers a pragmatic assessment of possible alternatives. The reader comes away with a solid understanding of how basic economic concepts and improved information systems could be combined to improve performance and expand coverage."--William D. White, Cornell University


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Liu, Xiao on March 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book to review what's wrong with America's health care system, how we end up here and how we may fix it. There isn't any complex econ model used to crack the "Red Code," neither any rhetoric about "fundamental change" which is favored by presidential candidates. Rich references and tables of numbers are clear and helpful for reading. The best part I like about this book is that it is not focused on one single aspect of health system but all three goals: access, efficiency and quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brey Girl on March 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was an enjoyable read. I do not have an economics background and found the author made a complex subject content simple and easy to understand. He presented the facts with an unbiased perspective and shared his viewpoints at the end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is attempting to try and understand our country's dilemma with healthcare.
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The author does an excellent job of presenting the history of healthcare in the United States. Dranove also presents a precise analysis of possible reform. Dranove explains with supportive data that the healthcare system in the United States as it now stands is doomed.
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Only thing missing was the best practice for rationing healthcare. It was good to have such a good overview and document the challenges ahead.
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By Richard A. Jordan on April 20, 2013
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Great review of a tough topic and potentially explosive. Anyone looking to gain a solid understanding of the issues surrounding the current debate on healthcare financing and reform will find this book useful.
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