- Hardcover: 673 pages
- Publisher: Cato Institute (November 13, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0932790925
- ISBN-13: 978-0932790927
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 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: #6,115,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Patient Power: Solving America's Health Care Crisis Hardcover – November 13, 1992
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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...Read more ›