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Patient Power: Solving America's Health Care Crisis Hardcover – November 13, 1992

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  • Hardcover: 673 pages
  • Publisher: Cato Institute (November 13, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932790925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932790927
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,985,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
The authors of this 1992 Cato Institute book state in the Preface, "The thesis of this book is simple: If we want to solve the nation's health care crisis, we must apply the same common-sense principles to medical care that we apply to other goods and services... our approach is individualistic, focusing on the decisions that individuals make and the incentives they face when they make them."

In their outline of an "ideal health care system," they suggest that "Government---in its role as an insurer of last resort---would no longer serve as a buyer of health care but would pay health insurance premiums for indigent policyholders." (Pg. 30) Later, they add, "hospitals would be expected to cover their costs while charging competitive prices to all patients. Some provision would exist to reimburse hospitals for indigent care under carefully defined conditions. When those conditions are met, the best solution would be to reimburse hospitals from public funds rather than attempting to shift the cost of care to other patients." (Pg. 120)

They assert, "The real question is whether procedures are worth their cost. And the only people who can accurately answer that question are patients who can choose to spend that same money on other goods and services." (Pg. 117) They add, "Most unnecessary surgery today is unnecessary only in the sense that it's not worth the cost. In an ideal health care system, patients would be encouraged to weigh its benefits against its costs and have the option of forgoing the procedure and spending the money elsewhere." (Pg. 120)

The note that "Under the Reagan administration, the Social Security Advisory Council proposed that the eligibility age for Medicare be raised from 65 to 67. If this proposal were adopted...
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Saar Dagani on June 8, 2009
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Every American and every Congressman and woman should be given this book to read. We are now going through the lefts attack on free enterprise and capitalism. They want us all under a massive centralized government health agency that will destroy the private healthcare industry, raise prices dramatically, lower our medical care quality, and ration healthcare to all Americans. Patient Power demonstrates how everyone in the US can receive excellent and affordable healthcare by empowering individuals and families and returning healthcare to where it belongs to the patient and their doctors.
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More About the Author

John C. Goodman is President of the National Center for Policy Analysis, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and author of Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. The Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, have called him the "Father of Health Savings Accounts." He is also the Kellye Wright Fellow in health care. The mission of the Wright Fellowship is to promote a more patient-centered, consumer-driven health care system.

Dr. Goodman's health policy blog is the premier right-of-center health care blog on the Internet. It is the only place where pro-free enterprise, private sector solutions to health care problems are routinely examined and debated by top health policy experts throughout the country-conservative, moderate and liberal.

Goodman regularly appears on television and radio news and talk programs and authors editorials on economic policy issues. He regularly appears on the FOX News Channel, CNN, FOX Business Network and CNBC. He's also appeared on the Lehrer News Hour (PBS) and was a debater on many of William F. Buckley's Firing Line programs. Goodman also regularly contributes columns to The Wall Street Journal, Kaiser Health News and other national publications.

Dr. Goodman also was the pivotal lead expert in the NCPA's grassroots public policy campaign, "Free Our Health Care Now," an unsurpassed national education effort to communicate patient-centered alternatives to a government-run health care system. The initiative resulted in the largest online petition ever delivered on Capitol Hill.

He is frequently invited to testify before Congress on health care reform and retirement topics and is the author of more than 50 published studies on topics such as health policy, retirement reform and tax issues and nine books, including Lives at Risk: Single Payer National Health Insurance Around the World; Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws; and the trailblazing Patient Power: Solving America's Health Care Crisis, the condensed version of which sold more than 300,000 copies.

A native of Waco, Texas, Goodman became interested in economics and classical liberal ideas while an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, where he became vice president of the student body. He is a crossword puzzle aficionado, and most days he is able to conquer the puzzles in The New York Times in ink.

Goodman received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, and has taught and done research at Columbia, Stanford University, Dartmouth University, Southern Methodist University and the University of Dallas.