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Lives at Risk : Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around the World - Devon M. Herrick

Lives at Risk

Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around the World


Published: 13th August 2004
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Virtually everyone agrees that our health care system needs reform. But what kind of reform? Some want a return to the system that prevailed in the 1950s. Others would like to see the adaptation of the government-run systems prevalent in other countries. The latter, national health insurance or single-payer health insurance, appears to be gaining ground in the United States. Before Americans find themselves participating in a health care system that has failed in every country it was adopted, we should be asking ourselves whether such a system is effective and efficient. In Lives at Risk, the authors examine the critical failures of national health insurance systems without focusing on minor blemishes or easily correctable problems. In doing so, the purpose is to identify the problems common to all countries with national health insurance and to explain why these problems emerge. Most national health care systems are in a state of sustained internal crisis as costs rise and the stated goals of universal access and quality care are not met. In almost all cases, the reason is the same: the politics of medicine. The problems of government-run health care systems flow inexorably from the fact that they are government-run rather than market driven.

This book will be an eye-opener for anyone who thinks a government-run system is the solution for our health care problem.--Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

Introduction : thinking about reformp. 1
Rightsp. 17
Equalityp. 27
Needsp. 43
Outcomesp. 49
Technologyp. 59
Qualityp. 67
Costsp. 77
Efficiencyp. 85
Unnecessary carep. 93
Administrative costsp. 105
Prioritiesp. 115
Preventionp. 119
Managed carep. 129
International competitivenessp. 143
The elderlyp. 147
Minoritiesp. 153
Rural areasp. 159
Prescription drugsp. 167
Public opinionp. 177
Reformp. 183
The politics of medicinep. 187
Is managed competition the answer?p. 201
Designing an ideal health care systemp. 217
Designing ideal health insurancep. 235
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ISBN: 9780742541528
ISBN-10: 0742541525
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 13th August 2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 15.6  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.41