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The U. S. Health Care Spending: Comparison with Other OECD Countries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604563290
  • Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 143
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 How Much Does the United States Spend on Health Care? 1

Ch. 2 Why Does the United States Spend so Much on Health Care? 7

Ch. 3 Volume: Do Americans Use Health Care More Often? 9

Ch. 4 Intensity: When Americans Receive Care, Is It More Involved? 13

Ch. 5 Intensity of Hospitalizations 15

Ch. 6 Intensity of Doctor Visits 21

Ch. 7 Intra-National Variation in Intensity 29

Ch. 8 Price: Do Americans Pay More for Health Care Services? 31

Ch. 9 Salaries of Health Professionals 33

Ch. 10 Price of Medical Equipment 39

Ch. 11 Price of Medical Procedures 41

Ch. 12 Price of Pharmaceuticals 43

Ch. 13 Health Care Spending by Type of Service 49

Ch. 14 What Spurs Health Care Prices and Utilization? 53

Ch. 15 Factors that Affect Demand 55

Ch. 16 Age Structure of the Population 57

Ch. 17 Income 59

Ch. 18 Insurance 61

Ch. 19 Tax Treatment 65

Ch. 20 Tastes 67

Ch. 21 Weak Bargaining Power 69

Ch. 22 Factors that Affect Supply 71

Ch. 23 Supplier-Induced Demand 73

Ch. 24 Specialist Care Emphasis 75

Ch. 25 Defensive Medicine 77

Ch. 26 Structure of Health System 79

Ch. 27 What Does the United States Get for Its Health Care Spending? 81

Ch. 28 Wait Times 85

Ch. 29 Self-Reported Health Status 87

Ch. 30 Life Expectancy 89

Ch. 31 Mortality Rates 91

Ch. 32 Medical Errors 97

Ch. 33 Infant Mortality Rates 99

Ch. 34 Does the United States Spend "Too Much" on Health Care? 103

Ch. 35 Conclusion 107

Ch. 36 Health Care Resources 109

Ch. 37 Pharmaceuticals 111

Ch. 38 Health Administration and Insurance 113

Ch. 39 Prices 115

Ch. 40 Population Risk Factors 117

Ch. 41 Quality 119

Ch. 42 Wait Times 121

Ch. 43 Health Outcomes123

References 125

Index 137

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