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Lives at Risk : Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around the World - John C. Goodman

Lives at Risk

Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around the World

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9780742541511
Number Of Pages: 272

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Lives at Risk identifies 20 myths about health care as delivered in countries that have national health insurance. These myths have gained the status of fact in both the United States and abroad, even though the evidence shows a far different reality. The authors also explore the political and economic climate of the health care system and offer alternatives to the current health care public policies.

Thoroughly examines the systemic failures of national health insurance programs around the world. It identifies problems inherent in government-run health care and explains why these problems inevitably emerge. And, it demolishes one by one the prevailing myths put forward by advocates of national health insurance as the solution to issues confronting American health care. * Coverings *
The American Medical Association strongly opposes single-payer national health insurance. Lives at Risk provides a wealth of evidence that confirms the AMA's position. -- Donald J. Palmisano, M.D., J.D., president, American Medical Association, 2003-2004
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
With the alarming escalation in the cost of health care, drastic changes are critically needed. Lives at Risk not only presents the magnitude of this problem, but explores possible solutions, including national insurance, to correct it. This is the best book I have read on this subject. -- Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., author of Aerobics
A single-payer system has great political appeal. It promises to provide quality health care to all, regardless of income, religion, race, or initial state of health. But does it live up to that promise? In this important book, Goodman, Musgrave, and Herrick set out to find the answer. -- from the Foreword by Milton Friedman, Nobel laureate and senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution
Anybody who is tempted by the Canada [single-payer health insurance] model should read Lives at Risk. * National Review *
Recommended. * CHOICE *
If you're looking for intellectual ammunition to refute the perennial myths about the triumph of socialized medicine in the rest of the developed world, this book is essential. * JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association *
Goodman, Musgrave and Herrick do not just make a hard-boiled assessment of single-payer systems, then run for cover. Instead of the usual worn-out generalities and obsolete assumptions, they point to specific ways to harness the intelligence of consumers and the power of the free market to improve health care in the U.S.. Regardless of whether the reader agrees with the authors' conclusions, Lives at Risk helps us to understand how different policy approaches might lead to two very different outcomes for the U.S. health care system: complete meltdown under single-payer health care or transformation into a system driven by consumer demand instead of health care bureaucrats and political expediency. * Health Insurance Underwriter *
Goodman and company's book does an especially good job of casting doubt on the common belief that more governmental control of health care will prove more rational, productive, and fair than our current market-state mix. * Reason *

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: 9780742541511
ISBN-10: 0742541517
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57