Medicine and Money: A Study of the Role of Beneficence in Health Care Cost Containment

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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.

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Meet the Author

FRANK H. MARSH is Professor of Medical Ethics and Philosophy at the University of Colorado.

MARK YARBOROUGH is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Preventative Medicine, Program of Medical Ethics, at the University of Colorado.

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Table of Contents


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



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