Market and Health

  • Authors
  • David┬áReisman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Introduction

    1. David Reisman
      Pages 1-2
  3. Demand

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. David Reisman
      Pages 5-31
    3. David Reisman
      Pages 33-51
  4. Finance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. David Reisman
      Pages 55-71
    3. David Reisman
      Pages 73-107
    4. David Reisman
      Pages 109-125
  5. Provision

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. David Reisman
      Pages 129-148
    3. David Reisman
      Pages 149-157
    4. David Reisman
      Pages 159-176
    5. David Reisman
      Pages 177-199
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. David Reisman
      Pages 203-240
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 241-254

About this book


The market is demand and supply. Health is a cherished possession that, morally above all value, nonetheless has a cost in a world that cannot provide all things to all persons. This book is concerned with the quantity of health status and health care consumed - and with the price that must be paid. After a short introduction, the book considers the demand for health that originates with the patient, the practitioner and the public that has an interest of its own. A section on the principles and provision of health insurance makes the point that the funds which pay for the treatment are often not taken from the pocket of the consumer who enjoys the service. The book examines the four sources of the supply of health: the individual, the community, the doctor and the hospital. It concludes with a discussion of the market valuation of a human life that analyses the ethical, economic and collective choices faced by a society in which only scarcity is freely available.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1993
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-22960-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-22958-1
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