The Social Economics of Health Care


The Social Economics of Health Care



For too long now, the issue of health care reform has been dominated by the techniques of mainstream economics and the constant application of the tools of cost-benefit analysis to an area that does not suit it. Issues such as privacy, genetic testing and the allocation of organ transplants require a more sensitive approach to the setting of budgets, and so a more socially responsible attitude towards health care economics is emerging. John Davis has gathered together an impressive range of contributors to explore these phenomena.



Publication Date



Taylor & Francis (Routledge)


New York


Healthcare, Social medicine, Medical economics


Economics | Health Economics


Table of Contents

Alternatives to the market view of health care and health economics. Should consumer choice be encouraged in health care? / Thomas Rice

Communitarianism and health economics / Gavin Mooney

Social choice as the synthesis of incommensurable claims: the case of health care rationing / Paul Anand

Accounting for fairness and efficiency in health economics / Joshua Cohen and Peter Ubel

Resistance to market-based reform of health care systems. The National Health Service, the 'internal market' and trust / Robert McMaster

Proletarianizing the professionals: the populist assault on discretionary autonomy / Michael Keaney

Canada: more state, more market? / Terrence Sullivan and Cameron Mustard

Issues surrounding health care and aging. Age, health and medical expenditure / William A. Jackson

The societal costs and implications of using high cost critical care resources for the elderly / Diane M. Dewar

Medicare HMOs: the promise and the reality / Rose M. Rubin and Shelley White-Means

The challenge of technology. Safeguarding genetic information: privacy, confidentiality, and security? / Robert F. Rizzo

The Social Economics of Health Care