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The Economics of Health and Health Care: United States Edition

The Economics of Health and Health Care: United States Edition

ISBN 9780131000674
Edition 4 ed
Publisher Prentice-Hall
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Overview
For courses in Health Economics, Public Health, and Health Care Policy. This clear, step-by-step best-selling introduction to the economics of health and health care thoroughly develops and explains economic ideas and models to reflect the full spectrum of the most current health economics literature. It uses core economic themes as basic as supply and demand, as venerable as technology or labor issues, and as modern as the economics of information. - All the analytical and statistical tools required are included in the text. - Provides students with all the tools necessary to examine health care from an economics perspective. - Seamless integration of supply and demand- Organized in a logical, step-by-step manner. - Gives students the connections between economic principles such as supply and demand and relates them to health care and insurance. - Up-to-date discussion of managed care. - Explains to students the theory and practice of managed care organizations, and gives them the impact of managed care on the quality, quantity, and price of health care. - International perspective- Including a specific chapter on comparative health care systems (Ch. 21). - Enables students to compare and contrast health care systems and economics worldwide. - Chapter on economic "bads" - included is the examples of tobacco and alcohol and their impact on our economy (Ch. 22). - Introduces students to how users of these "bads" respond to economic incentives, through taxes and advertising bans. - Chapter on pharmaceuticals- Looks at portions of this industry with important economic content. Includes questions as to the optimal combinations of drug therapies and other economic technologies, patent protection issues, and price discrimination by pharmaceutical firms (Ch. 16). - Presents students with information about an important health care sector using straightforward economic methods. - Emphasizes for students the applicability of traditional economic analyses to a wide range of health-related problems.

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