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Despite the massive resources it consumes, the American health care system remains under stress. While we are global leaders in technical accomplishments in medicine, the quality of health outcomes we achieve per dollar invested is far from optimal. Neither market nor regulatory reforms have addressed this failure of our system.
In the wake of the failed 1994 federal reform effort the system is changing without legislation through market forces. There is no evidence, however, that these changes are reducing costs, increasing quality, or covering the uninsured.
This book details how Dr. Kindig's plan could work and the stages of implementation. It concludes with an examination of the price of inertia in facing this long-standing problem.
This work will appeal to senior policymakers in the private and public sector, including legislators and staff, officials of corporations, and professional organizations. In addition, faculty and students in schools of medicine, nursing, public health, and business, as well as health services researchers and a sophisticated lay audience will find it interesting.
"...a major contribution to our understanding of the forces driving the health care system and the need to create the incentives for a healthier America in the 21st century." --Philip R. Lee, M.D., former Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services
David A. Kindig is Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Wisconsin- Madison School of Medicine.
|1||Purchasing Population Health: A Vision||1|
|2||Taking Our Temperature: How Healthy Are We?||11|
|3||The High Cost of Health Care: Are We Getting the Most for Our Money?||25|
|4||Measuring Health Outcomes||43|
|5||The Multiple Determinants of Health||69|
|6||Can Rationing Be Rational? Balancing the Determinants of Health||101|
|8||Different Populations, Different Needs?||133|
|9||Making It Happen||149|
|10||The Case for Action, the Price of Inertia||169|