By Paul J. Feldstein

With over a hundred pages of recent and up to date info, this variation presents a entire view of the commercial forces that form switch in trendy healthcare supply procedure. as well as up-to-date details during the textual content, this most up-to-date version contains a number of new chapters that debate the Internet's influence on healthcare, behavioral modifications among non-profit and investor-owned hospitals, the best way to layout a Medicare prescription gain, and the supply of more cost-effective medications out of the country.


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At some point it becomes too costly in terms of forgone opportunities to save all the lives that medical science is capable of saving. Reallocating those same expenditures for apprehending drunk drivers or improving highways might save more lives. Deciding which programs should be expanded to improve health status requires a calculation of the cost per life saved for each of the programs that affect mortality rates. 1, assume that an additional medical expenditure of $1 million results in a movement from H3 to H4, or C to D, saving 20 additional lives.

Fourth, how much should be spent on those who are medically indigent, and how should their care be provided? Should the medically indigent be enrolled in a separate medical system, such as Medicaid, or should they be provided with vouchers to enroll in competing health plans? These choices can be better understood when we are more aware of the consequences of each approach to deciding these choices, such as which groups benefit and which groups bear the costs. Economics clarifies the implications of different approaches to making these choices.

It should be remembered, however, that unavailability of measures of morbidity or quality of life does not mean they are unimportant or should be neglected in any analysis. HEALTH PRODUC TION FUNC TION To determine the relative importance of medical expenditures in decreasing mortality rates, economists have used the concept of a health production function. Simply stated, a health production function examines the relative contribution of each of the various factors that affect health to determine the most cost-effective way to improve health.

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