Lives at Risk: Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around the World / Edition 1

Lives at Risk: Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around the World / Edition 1

by John C. Goodman, Gerald L. Musgrave, Devon M. Herrick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742541525

ISBN-13: 9780742541528

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Virtually everyone agrees that our health care system needs reform. But what kind of reform? Some want a return to the system that prevailed in the 1950s. Others would like to see the adaptation of the government-run systems prevalent in other countries. The latter, national health insurance or single-payer health insurance, appears to be gaining ground in the

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Virtually everyone agrees that our health care system needs reform. But what kind of reform? Some want a return to the system that prevailed in the 1950s. Others would like to see the adaptation of the government-run systems prevalent in other countries. The latter, national health insurance or single-payer health insurance, appears to be gaining ground in the United States. Before Americans find themselves participating in a health care system that has failed in every country it was adopted, we should be asking ourselves whether such a system is effective and efficient. In Lives at Risk, the authors examine the critical failures of national health insurance systems without focusing on minor blemishes or easily correctable problems. In doing so, the purpose is to identify the problems common to all countries with national health insurance and to explain why these problems emerge. Most national health care systems are in a state of sustained internal crisis as costs rise and the stated goals of universal access and quality care are not met. In almost all cases, the reason is the same: the politics of medicine. The problems of government-run health care systems flow inexorably from the fact that they are government-run rather than market driven.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742541528
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 I Twenty Myths Chapter 2 Rights Chapter 3 Equality Chapter 4 Needs Chapter 5 Outcomes Chapter 6 Technology Chapter 7 Quality Chapter 8 Costs Chapter 9 Efficiency Chapter 10 Unnecessary Care Chapter 11 Administrative Costs Chapter 12 Priorities Chapter 13 Prevention Chapter 14 Managed Care Chapter 15 International Competitiveness Chapter 16 The Elderly Chapter 17 Minorities Chapter 18 Rural Areas Chapter 19 Prescription Drugs Chapter 20 Public Opinion Chapter 21 Reform Part 22 II The Politics and Economics of Health Care Systems Chapter 23 The Politics of Medicine Chapter 24 Is Managed Competition the Answer? Part 25 III Reforming the U.S. Health Care System Chapter 26 Designing an Ideal Health Care System Chapter 27 Designing Ideal Health Insurance

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