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Those who have a better product or a better way to meet consumer needs often go to great expense to convey the information to potential customers. But in the experiences of the Adams family, precisely the reverse was true. In fact, in example after example, essential information was intentionally concealed and withheld. George Adams, for example, had no idea that his pacemaker was not of the highest quality or that better products existed. The person 27 PATIENT POWER in the best position to tell him about the options (his physician) didn't do so.

Blue Cross was. Similarly, Irene Adams and Mr. Hansen were not the principal buyers of their medical care. Medicare was. The Relationship between Buyer and Seller In a normal marketplace, buyers and sellers negotiate over price, quantity, quality, and other terms for big-ticket items or important transactions. For smaller, frequent, and less critical transactions, buyers search for the most favorable terms or conditions. Sellers adjust terms and conditions to meet customers' needs and to react to the offers of their rivals.

50-99% 100-149% 7' 150-199% 200- 249% 250% + Income as a Percentage of Poverty Level SOURCE: C. Eugene Steuerle, "Finance-Based Reform: The Search for an Adaptable Health Policy," paper presented at an American Enterprise Institute conference, "American Health Policy" (Washington, October 3-4, 1991). tax subsidy rises with income, it is hardly surprising that the lower a family's income, the less likely the family is to have health insurance. About 61 percent of all people who lack health insurance have annual incomes of less than $20,000.

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