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Health Economicscombines current economic theory, recent research, and health policy problems into a comprehensive overview of the field. This thorough update of a classic and widely used text follows author Charles E. Phelps's thirteen years of service as Provost of the University of Rochester. Accessible and intuitive, early chapters use recent empirical studies to develop essential methodological foundations. Later chapters build on these core concepts to focus on key policy areas, such as the structure and effects of Medicare reform, insurance plans, and new technologies in the health care community.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Why Health Economics? Chapter 2. Utility and Health Chapter 3. The Transformation of Medical Care to Health Chapter 4. The Demand for Medical Care: Conceptual Framework Chapter 5. Empirical Studies of Medical Care Demand and Applications Chapter 6. The Physician and the Physician-Firm Chapter 7. Physicians in the Marketplace Chapter 8. The Hospital as a Supplier of Medical Care Chapter 9. Hospitals in the Marketplace Chapter 10. The Demand for Health Insurance Chapter 11. Health Insurance Supply and Managed Care Chapter 12. Government Provision of Health Insurance Chapter 13. Medical Malpractice Chapter 14. Externalities in Health and Medical Care Chapter 15. Managing the Market: Regulation, Quality Certification, and Technical Change Chapter 16. Universal Insurance Issues and International Comparisons of Health Care Systems