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Medicine and Money: A Study of the Role of Beneficence in Health Care Cost Containment is a frank discussion of the moral problems associated with the need to control health care costs. The book provides a base for physicians to address these concerns and examines the events leading to America's current health care crisis, diminishing beneficence. After a brief definition of the problem, Frank H. Marsh and Mark Yarborough continue by describing the threat of cost containment and justifying beneficence-based health care system. Special importance is given to Medicine and Money by the lengthy suggestions on implementing beneficence in the health care system.
Marsh and Yarborough address the problem of eroding morality and rising cost concerns of our present health care system. They argue that if the central role of beneficence is abandoned, the medical profession will be unable to properly meet the challenge it faces. Medicine and Money divides its argument into two sections. In the first section, the current crisis in health care is examined and a justification for beneficence is given. The second section describes how beneficence can be implemented in the health care system as a means to control health care costs. Medicine and Money is written for every member of the medical and philosophical communities.
Beneficence as the Foundation for the Health Care System
Defining the Problem
Cost Containment's Threat to Health Care
The Justification of a Health Policy Based on Rights and Justice
Justifying a Beneficence Based Health Care System
Implementing Beneficence in the Health Care System
Beneficence and the Role of the Physician
Beneficence and the Neonatologist
Beneficence and the Treatment of the Elderly
Beneficence and the Difficult Patient