Designed for courses in health care economics and policy analysis, this comprehensive work places the issues and economic analysis in the context of market forces on the health care industry that include negotiated markets and managed care. The content is rich with applicable, understandable economic concepts and analysis, market failure and the mix of private versus government involvement. Some of the major policy issues covered are the pricing of pharmaceutical drugs, the medically uninsured, Medicaid reform, for-profit hospital monopoly price power, managed care competitive pricing, and new negotiated markets.
List of Tables and Figures; Foreword; Preface; 1. Introduction Health Care Choices, Trade-Offs, and Ownership of Health Care Resources; 2. The Mix of Health Services: More Market and More Government?; 3. The Pricing of Drugs: Who Benefits and Who Pays?; 4. Managed Care: Revolution, Evolution, or Devolution?; 5. The Four "C's" of the Uninsured: Causes, Characteristics, Consequences, and Corrections/Choices; 6. Medical and Health Savings Accounts: Schemes That You Can Love!; 7. The Medicare Reform School: Who Pays for the Rehabilitation?; 8. Conclusions and Policy Implications; Bibliography; Index.