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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 069112941X

ISBN-13: 9780691129419

Pub. Date: 02/04/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The U.S. healthcare system is in critical condition—but this should come as a surprise to no one. Yet until now the solutions proposed have been unworkable, pie-in-the-sky plans that have had little chance of becoming law and even less of succeeding. In Code Red, David Dranove, one of the nation's leading experts on the economics of healthcare, proposes

Overview

The U.S. healthcare system is in critical condition—but this should come as a surprise to no one. Yet until now the solutions proposed have been unworkable, pie-in-the-sky plans that have had little chance of becoming law and even less of succeeding. In Code Red, David Dranove, one of the nation's leading experts on the economics of healthcare, proposes a set of feasible solutions that address access, efficiency, and quality.

Dranove offers pragmatic remedies, some of them controversial, all of them crucially needed to restore the system to vitality. He pays special attention to the plight of the uninsured, and proposes a new direction that promises to make premier healthcare for all Americans a national reality. Setting his story against the backdrop of healthcare in the United States from the early twentieth century to the present day, he reveals why a century of private and public sector efforts to reform the ailing system have largely failed. He draws on insights from economics to diagnose the root causes of rising costs and diminishing access to quality care, such as inadequate information, perverse incentives, and malfunctioning insurance markets. Dranove describes the ongoing efforts to revive the system—including the rise of consumerism, the quality movement, and initiatives to expand access—and argues that these efforts are doomed to fail without more fundamental, systemic, market-based reforms. Code Red lays the foundation for a thriving healthcare system and is indispensable for anyone trying to make sense of the thorny issues of healthcare reform.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691129419
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2008
Pages:
281
Sales rank:
928,229
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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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