Eight Questions You Should Ask About Our Health Care System (Even if the Answers Make You Sick)

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Charles E. Phelps provides a comprehensive look at our health-care system, including how the current system evolved, how the health-care sector behaves, and a detailed analysis of “the good, the bad, and the ugly” parts of the system—from technological advances (the “good”) to variations in treatment patterns (the “bad”) to hidden costs and perverse incentives (the “ugly”). He shows that much of the cost of health care ultimately derives from our own lifestyle choices and thus that education may well be the most powerful form of health reform we can envision.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817910549
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 7/16/2010
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 151
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles E. Phelps is University Professor and Provost Emeritus at the University of Rochester. He earned his B.A. in Mathematics from Pomona College, and his M.B.A. in Hospital Administration and Ph.D. in Business Economics from the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents


Preface John Raisian Raisian, John

Acknowledgments John Raisian Raisian, John

Chapter One How Did We Get Into This Mess, And Why Will It Get Worse? John Raisian Raisian, John 1

Chapter Two When Is Less Insurance Better Than More? John Raisian Raisian, John 31

Chapter Three How Does Good Technology Go Bad? A Tale Of Two Cities (And More) John Raisian Raisian, John 49

Chapter Four Why Is The Employer-Paid Foundation Of Health Insurance Riddled With Termites? John Raisian Raisian, John 73

Chapter Five Do Dollars Distort Doctor's Decisions? John Raisian Raisian, John 87

Chapter Six Why Are We All Killing Ourselves? John Raisian Raisian, John 105

Chapter Seven Why Is Our K-12 Educational System A Public Health Menace? John Raisian Raisian, John 125

Chapter Eight Where Does The Congress Miss Opportunities And Hit Potholes? John Raisian Raisian, John 139

References John Raisian Raisian, John 145

About The Author John Raisian Raisian, John 151

About The Hoover Institution's Working Group On Health Care Policy John Raisian Raisian, John 152

Index John Raisian Raisian, John 153

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