Disentitlement?: The Threats Facing Our Public Health Care Programs and a Right-Based Response / Edition 5

Disentitlement?: The Threats Facing Our Public Health Care Programs and a Right-Based Response / Edition 5

by Timothy Stoltzfus Jost
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195151437

ISBN-13: 9780195151435

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

No developed nation relies exclusively on the private sector to finance health care for citizens. This book begins by exploring the deficiencies in private health insurance that account for this. It then recounts the history and examines the legal character of America's public health care entitlements - Medicare, Medicaid, and tax subsidies for employment-related

Overview

No developed nation relies exclusively on the private sector to finance health care for citizens. This book begins by exploring the deficiencies in private health insurance that account for this. It then recounts the history and examines the legal character of America's public health care entitlements - Medicare, Medicaid, and tax subsidies for employment-related health benefits. These programs are increasingly embattled, attacked by those advocating privatization (replacing public with private insurance); individualization (replacing group and community-based insurance with approaches based on individual choice within markets); and devolution (devolving authority over entitlements to state governments and to private entities). Jost critically analyzes this movement toward disentitlement. He also examines the primary models for structuring health care entitlements in other countries - general taxation-funded national health insurance and social insurance - and considers what we can learn from these models. The book concludes by describing what an American entitlement-based health care system could look like, and in particular how the legal characteristics of our entitlement programs could be structured to support the long-term sustainability of these vital programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195151435
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Why Entitlements Matter: The Skewed Distribution of Health Care Risks
3. The Nature of American Health Care Entitlements
4. The Historical Foundations of American Health Care Entitlements
5. Experiments With Privatization: Medicare and Medicaid Managed Care
6. Medicare "Reform": Disentitlement Through Privatization
7. Health Insurance for the Poor: Disentitlement Through Devolution
8. Tax Credits for Health Insurance: Disentitlement of America's Workers?
9. The British National Health Service: The General Revenue-Financed Model of Health Care Entitlements
10. The German Health Care System: The Social Insurance Model of Health Care Entitlements
11. Toward an Entitlement-Based Health Care System

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