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What's Your Life Worth?

What's Your Life Worth? - 03 edition

What's Your Life Worth? - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780130671653

ISBN10: 0130671657

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Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Financial Times Prentice Hall
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ISBN13: 9780130671653

ISBN10: 0130671657

Edition: 03

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Summary

Health care rationing has arrived -- with a vengeance. If you value your health, you'd better understand it -- and be ready. In this book, one of the world's leading health care economists offers a hard-nosed analysis of today's soaring health care costs -- and shows how it will feel to be at the mercy of a system that might choose not to cure you. David Dranove previews the transition from today's ad hoc rationing to an era of "rational rationing," in which economic analysis of the value of human lives and specific treatments is both explicit and routine. He assesses the mixed results of rational rationing in Great Britain, Australia, and Oregon, where government decision makers struggle with balancing science and politics in the face of budgets that place an alarmingly low value on life.

You'll discover that health services researchers have learned to numerically score different diseases to determine which are most worth curing; even how to calculate the value of your own life. They use this information to assess which new technologies are worth the steep price. What they find is at odds with the prevailing view of employers, insurers, and, especially, government regulators who want to stop health spending in its tracks. Most new technologies are worth every dollar, and then some. Calculate the value of your own life. Do the math! One up your friends! Why payers are so eager to ration health care. Are we better off increasing health care spending? Will rationing save lives -- or destroy them? Will we choose "rational" rationing -- or cross our fingers? Where will we draw the line? When life's at stake, which services are really too expensive? QWBs and QALYs. Refocusing health care research on cost-effectiveness. What lies ahead. The coming of rationing to HMOs and Medicare.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Ch. 1. Is It Nice to Ration?
Ch. 2. Defending Rationing in Principle
Ch. 3. Rationing Around the World
Ch. 4. Rationing in the U.S. Health Care Marketplace
Ch. 5. Doing Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Research
Ch. 6. Measuring the Quality of Life
Ch. 7. The Oregon Plan
Ch. 8. What Is Your Life Worth?
Ch. 9. Rising Costs and Rational Rationing