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The Health Care Marketplace

  • Warren Greenberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 165-170

About this book

Introduction

This book is an economist's view of the health care marketplace. It exam­ ines the incentives of physicians, patients, firms and the role of government in the health care sector in a world of limited resources. Several themes run through this book. First, health care is a business. To an economist this means that firms maximize profits. Perhaps this is not always so, but I have yet to see a better theory of how health care firms behave. The health care industry, therefore, is not much different in eco­ nomic terms from other industries. At one time, economists pointed to the asymmetry of information between the physician provider and the patient as one difference between health care and other industries. Physicians often know a great deal about treating an illness while the patient knows little or nothing. But the movement toward managed care in the United States has partially closed the information gap (although perhaps creating other prob­ lems). Indeed, the advent of managed care has propelled health care into a business. Information is another theme of the book.

Keywords

Industrial Organization Public Sector care competition economics economy health health care hospital insurance integration organizations regulation service trust

Authors and affiliations

  • Warren Greenberg
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  1. 1.Department of Health Services Management and Policy School of Public Health and Health ServicesThe George Washington UniversityN.W.USA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-1668-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7237-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-1668-1
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