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American Health Care: Government, Market Processes, and the Public Interest (Independent Studies in Political Economy) Hardcover – April 18, 2000
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“Why doesn't government control of health care work? In this edited volume, Feldman (Health Services Research, Univ. of Minnesota) gathers economists, lawyers, and a historian to illustrate why untoward consequences occur when government intrudes on health care policy… Written in a clear and pragmatic style, this work is recommended for all academic audiences as a cogent resource on our health care system.”
—J. D. Campbell, Choice
About the Author
Roger Feldman is professor at the Institute for Health Services Research, University of Minnesota. Mark V. Pauly is professor in the Department of Health Care Systems of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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The book challenges the concept that government can effectively manage the nation's health care. This model -- the authors collectively suggest -- was questioned by the public through a lack of support for the 1993 Clinton health care reform package. The editor compiles the analyses of expert economists, physicians, lawyers, and historians to explain the underlying rationale behind the public hesitancy to accept the notion that government should and can fix the deficiencies of the US health care system.
'American Health Care" provides insight that allows learned readers to speculate about where markets can take health care now and in the future. Its authors recognize that there are no fast solutions coming down the pike. This work presents concepts that are intended to generate constructive conversation toward the improvement of health care. The ideas are supported through the substantial notes and references accompanying each chapter.
Topics of discussion covered by the contributors represent four major policy areas that provide stumbling blocks to system-wide change. Essays in the first section contain discussions of the issues involved with health insurance financing, including an in-depth analysis of the Medicare program. In part 2, contributors look at health care services and institutions, antitrust issues, and reform at the state level.Read more ›