Title:American Health Economy Illustrated
Hardcover Dimensions:7" x 10"
- 332 Hardcover pages
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How much does the average American spend on health care? Are costs and quality of health care equal across US states? Do Americans get good value for money spent on health services compared with citizens of other developed nations? Are current health spending trends sustainable through the 21st century?
All too often, policymakers and the public alike form judgments about health care based on myths and misconceptions. A common refrain is that US health care is too expensive -- both in costs to the taxpayer and costs to the consumer. But few realize that despite its lack of national health insurance, the United States leads nearly all other industrialized nations in the share of health spending paid by third parties, whether public or private. Americans, therefore, are less sensitive to health care prices than citizens of other nations.
American Health Economy Illustrated sifts through nearly a century of data to examine -- and debunk -- the most common myths about the US health care system. With an unbiased, just-the-facts approach and hundreds of color illustrations, Christopher J. Conover assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and evaluates whether current health cost trends are sustainable. Wide-ranging, accessible, and provocative, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned with the future of American health care.
Christopher J. Conover is a scholar at Duke University’s Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research and an adjunct scholar at AEI. He is an editor for the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law and the U.S. Health Policy Gateway.