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




List of tables List of figures List of contributors Introduction Pt. I Alternatives to the market view of health care and health economics 1 Should consumer choice be encouraged in health care? / Thomas Rice 2 Communitarianism and health economics / Gavin Mooney 3 Social choice as the synthesis of incommensurable claims: the case of health care rationing / Paul Anand 4 Accounting for fairness and efficiency in health economics / Joshua Cohen Pt. II Resistance to market-based reform of health care systems 5 The National Health Service, the 'internal market' and trust / Robert McMaster 6 Proletarianizing the professionals: the populist assault on discretionary autonomy / Michael Keaney 7 Canada: more state, more market? / Terrence Sullivan Pt. III Issues surrounding health care and aging 8 Age, health and medical expenditure / William A. Jackson 9 The societal costs and implications of using high cost critical care resources for the elderly / Diane M. Dewar 10 Medicare HMOs: the promise and the reality / Rose M. Rubin Pt. IV The challenge of technology 11 Safeguarding genetic information: privacy, confidentiality, and security? / Robert F. Rizzo Index

The Social Economics of Health Care