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Overview


With the demise of the Clinton health care reform plan, the debate on health care changed but did not subside. From opinion pieces in newspapers to dinner-table conversations, the debate over whether the right to quality health care is a public right, akin to educating our children, or whether it is a private one, akin to life insurance, continues. In The Accidental System Michael Reagan shows that in the American political context, health care is neither exclusively a public right nor a private privilege. This insightful policy study provides students with an excellent demonstration of how public policy intersects with private markets.
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Reagan (political science, UC-Riverside) offers a policy study of how public policy intersects with private markets in American health care, demonstrating that in the American political context, health care is neither exclusively a public right nor a private privilege. Early chapters explain the inapplicability of the market model to health care, discuss the question of an ethical right to health care, and overview the evolution of American health care policy. Later chapters look at Medicare and Medicaid, managed care, and lessons from other countries. Accessible to general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813399966
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: Dilemmas in American Politics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 0.45 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael D. Reagan is professor emeritus at the University of California at Riverside and has authored numerous publications on American government and politics, including books such as Regulation: The Politics of Policy and Curing the Crisis, and articles on health care in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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Table of Contents

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List of Acronyms
1 The Basic Dilemma: Is Health Care a Right or a Market Commodity? 1
2 The Accidental System 17
3 The Stakeholders and the Policy Process 31
4 Beneath the Dilemmas, the Trilemma 57
5 Medicare and Medicaid: The Entitlement Dilemmas 73
6 Good Health at Lower Cost: How Do Other Nations Do It? 89
7 Managed Care: Boon or Bane? Both! 107
8 Controlling Costs: Mission Impossible? 127
9 A Sensible Wild Idea: Universalize Medicare 147
Notes 163
Index 171
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