The health economy /
Victor R. Fuchs.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1986.
viii, 401 p. : ill.
0674383400 (alk. paper)
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1986.
0674383400 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 371-383.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1986-04-15:
Questions of equity and efficiency have always plagued our national health-care system. Not all the billions spent in this area go for actual restoration of health. Many of the expenditures are for various procedures, tests, prescriptions, etc., that may or may not be necessary. How can we determine the optimum system of health care? Fuchs thinks that the application of the principles of economics can help in arriving at the right mix of market competition, government regulation, and professional control. He also devotes special attention to the impact of the increasing number of programs in health education and promotion. A topical analysis, which should be required reading for policymakers. Recommended for academic and large public libraries. M. Balachandran, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Urbana-Champaign
Appeared in Choice on 1986-09:
Fuchs is a well-known health economist whose most famous and relevant earlier works are Who Shall Live? (CH, Jun '75) and Economic Aspects of Health (1982). The present book is a compilation of previously published articles and essays on a wide range of health-related topics such as national health insurance, health promotion, cigarette smoking, time preferences, market competition, physician control, and other economic aspects of health and medical care. The book provides both technical and nontechnical articles that are very well written and generally interesting. The articles are organized into the four basic categories: ``The Economic Approach,'' ``Empirical Studies of Physicians,'' ``Empirical Studies of Health,'' and ``Health Policy.'' This reviewer had difficulty determining the common thread other than an economic perspective on a variety of health care topics. The book provides an excellent index and extensive references. It should be of interest to libraries with collections in public health, medicine, health economics, health policy, public policy, and health administration.-M.D. Fottler, University of Alabama in Birmingham
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