Medicine and the Market: Equity v. Choice / Edition 1

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Overview

Much has been written about medicine and the market in recent years. This book is the first to include an assessment of market influence in both developed and developing countries, and among the very few that have tried to evaluate the actual health and economic impact of market theory and practices in a wide range of national settings.

Tracing the path that market practices have taken from Adam Smith in the eighteenth century into twenty-first-century health care, Daniel Callahan and Angela A. Wasunna add a fresh dimension: they compare the different approaches taken in the market debate by health care economists, conservative market advocates, and liberal supporters of single-payer or government-regulated systems.

In addition to laying out the market-versus-government struggle around the world—from Canada and the United States to Western Europe, Latin America, and many African and Asian countries—they assess the leading market practices, such as competition, physician incentives, and co-payments, for their economic and health efficacy to determine whether they work as advertised.

This timely and necessary book engages new dimensions of a development that has urgent consequences for the delivery of health care worldwide.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

JAMA
A timely and necessary contribution. Whether or not one agrees with the authors' conclusions, the book is essential reading for anyone concerned with health care reform. It carries out the critical task of placing our national health care debates in the wider context of justice and health care reform around the world.

— Nancy S. Jecker, PhD

PsycCRITIQUES
A detailed analysis of the differences between health care systems in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Latin America, and several countries in Asia and Africa.

— Mary Beth Kenkel

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Among the many valuable contributions of Medicine and the Market... is its potential to motivate a new program of qualitative research into the impact of different health care funding and distribution arrangements, not simply upon our bodies, but also, as it were, upon our souls.

— James Lindemann Nelson

Hastings Center Report
[Callahan and Wasunna] convincingly show that, in health care, markets are famous for maximizing choice, not efficiency.

— Peter A. Ubel

Social History of Medicine
The book will interest readers of this journal because the national case studies are alert to both the distant and recent past.

— Martin Gorsky

Journal of Value Inquiry

The global survey of market influences in health care that Callahan and Wasunna conduct is extensive and complete.

JAMA - Nancy S. Jecker

A timely and necessary contribution. Whether or not one agrees with the authors' conclusions, the book is essential reading for anyone concerned with health care reform. It carries out the critical task of placing our national health care debates in the wider context of justice and health care reform around the world.

PsycCRITIQUES - Mary Beth Kenkel

A detailed analysis of the differences between health care systems in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Latin America, and several countries in Asia and Africa.

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine - James Lindemann Nelson

Among the many valuable contributions of Medicine and the Market... is its potential to motivate a new program of qualitative research into the impact of different health care funding and distribution arrangements, not simply upon our bodies, but also, as it were, upon our souls.

Hastings Center Report - Peter A. Ubel

[Callahan and Wasunna] convincingly show that, in health care, markets are famous for maximizing choice, not efficiency.

Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy - Andreas Reis

A book that deserves to be read by anyone concerned with health systems analysis and health care reform.

Social History of Medicine - Martin Gorsky

The book will interest readers of this journal because the national case studies are alert to both the distant and recent past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801883392
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 667,435
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Callahan is the director of International Programs and Angela A. Wasunna is assistant director of International Programs at Pfizer, Inc.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction : of money, the market, and medicine 1
1 From Adam Smith to HMOs : the origins of medicine and the market 16
2 A tale of two cultures : Canada and the United States 52
3 The endurance of solidarity : universal health care in western Europe and elsewhere 87
4 The market in developing countries : an ongoing experiment 117
5 The market wild card : pharmaceuticals 183
6 The value of the market : what does the evidence show? 203
7 The future of the market in health care : undercurrents from the past, riptides from the future 247
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