Code Red: An Economist Explains How to Revive the Healthcare System without Destroying It

Code Red: An Economist Explains How to Revive the Healthcare System without Destroying It

by David Dranove
     
 

"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,

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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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ISBN-13:
9780691129419
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2008
Pages:
281
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

David Dranove is the Walter McNerney Distinguished Professor of Health Industry Management at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. His books include "What's Your Life Worth?" and "The Economic Evolution of American Health Care" (Princeton).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

PART 1: DIAGNOSING THE CONDITION 1

Introduction 3

Chapter One: An Accidental Healthcare System 8

Chapter Two: Paging Doctor Welby 30

Chapter Three: Therapy for an Ailing Health Economy 58

Chapter Four: The Managed Care Prescription 83

PART 2: SEARCHING FOR CURES 119

Chapter Five: Self-Help 121

Chapter Six: The Quality Revolution 147

Chapter Seven: Mending the Safety Net 176

Chapter Eight: Reviving the American Healthcare System 205

Appendix: An Alphabet Soup of Healthcare Acronyms 235

Notes 239

Bibliography 255

Index 269

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