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Health Economics: Efficiency, Quality, and Equity / Edition 1

Health Economics: Efficiency, Quality, and Equity / Edition 1

by Steven R. Eastaugh, Eastaugh


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This book is a thorough, balanced, and insightful study of the present status and future direction of health care economics and its far-reaching ramifications. Health Economics provides exhaustive analyses of such major issues as cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, quality enhancement, and technology assessment.

Part One presents a basic overview of cost analysis, production functions, and provider cost behavior. Part Two considers economic models of physicians and hospital behavior, and recent changes in methods for paying physicians. Part Three focuses on employee cost sharing, HMOs, gatekeepers to contain utilization, and the use of case managers in long-term care. Part four looks at equity, social welfare, and the unique problems of urban medical centers. Part Five focuses on consumer information, quality measurement, and health manpower policies for nonphysician providers. Cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis is reviewed in Part Six. The last part summarizes major future policy options and suggests a number of mixed strategies, including capitation. In short, Health Economics provides policy makers, health care providers, and students with the analytical tools needed to effectively balance efficiency and quality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865691971
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/30/1992
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.97(d)
Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)

About the Author

STEVEN R. EASTAUGH is Professor of Health Economics and Finance at George Washington University. The winner of numerous awards, including the American College of Healthcare Executives Edgar Hayhow Award, Professor Eastaugh has published widely in the areas of health care economics and finance. His companion volume, Health Care Finance, will also be issued by Auburn House in 1992.

Table of Contents

Cost Behavior and Cost Functions

Cost Inflation: Overtilled and Undertilled Fields

Cost Functions and Production Functions

Economic Models and Physician Behavior

Economic Models of Physician and Hospital Behavior

Physician Payment Options for the 1990s

Cost Sharing, Managed Care, and Competition Health Plans

Competition Health Plans: Managed Care and the Use of Case Managers

Employers, Cost Sharing, and Cost Containment

Equity, Access, and the Urban Medical Center

Access and the Uninsured

The Cost of Teaching Hospitals

Consumer Education, Service Quality, and Health Manpower

Quality Measurement, Consumer Information, and Value Shopping

Health Manpower Policies, Physician Extenders, and Nursing Education

Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Cost-Benefit

Cost-effectiveness and Cost-benefit Analysis

The Role of Technology Assessment

Benefit Evaluation: The Value of Life and Limb

Future Policy Trends

Capitation, Consolidation, and Universal Entitlement

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