Health Care at Risk: A Critique of the Consumer-Driven Movement / Edition 1

Health Care at Risk: A Critique of the Consumer-Driven Movement / Edition 1

by Timothy Jost
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822341247

ISBN-13: 9780822341246

Pub. Date: 08/22/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In Health Care at Risk Timothy Stoltzfus Jost weighs in on consumer-driven health care (CDHC), which many policymakers and analysts are promoting as the answer to the severe access, cost and quality problems afflicting the American health care system. The idea behind CDHC is simple: consumers should save for medical care with health savings accounts, rely on these

Overview

In Health Care at Risk Timothy Stoltzfus Jost weighs in on consumer-driven health care (CDHC), which many policymakers and analysts are promoting as the answer to the severe access, cost and quality problems afflicting the American health care system. The idea behind CDHC is simple: consumers should save for medical care with health savings accounts, rely on these accounts to cover routine medical expenses, and turn to insurance only to cover catastrophic medical events. Advocates of consumer-driven health care believe that if consumers are spending their own money on medical care, they will purchase only services with real value to them. Jost contends that supporters of CDHC rely on oversimplified ideas about health care, health care systems, economics, and human nature. He challenges the historical and theoretical assumptions on which the consumer-driven health care movement is based and reexamines the empirical evidence that it claims as support.

About the Author:
Timothy Stoltzfus Jost is the Robert L. Willet Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822341246
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
08/22/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Our Broken American Health Care System     1
The Consumer-Driven Prescription     17
Consumer-Driven Health Care Advocates: Who They Are and What They Believe     27
Consumer-Driven Health Care the First Time Around     42
The Nonaccidental System     54
The Origins of Consumer-Driven Health Care: A Short History of American Health Economics     70
The Theoretical Foundations of Consumer-Driven Health Care     86
But Does It Work? The Evidence for and against Consumer-Driven Health Care     119
Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues Presented by Consumer-Driven Health Care     150
Are Consumers Our Only Hope? How Other Countries Organize Their Health Care Systems     166
How to Fix Our Broken Health Care System: Where Do We Start?     189
Notes     205
Bibliography     225
Index     253

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