Lives at Risk identifies 20 myths about health care as delivered in countries that have national health insurance. These myths have gained the status of fact in both the United States and abroad, even though the evidence shows a far different reality. The authors also explore the political and economic climate of the health care system and offer alternatives to the current health care public policies.
John C. Goodman is the founder and president of the National Center for Policy Analysis. The Wall Street Journal called Dr. Goodman "the father of Medical Savings Accounts," and National Journal declared him "winner of the devolution derby" because his ideas on ways to transfer power from government to the people have had a significant impact on Capitol Hill. He is the author of seven books. Gerald L. Musgrave is president of Economics America, Inc., a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, and a fellow at the National Association of Business Economists and chairman of its Health Economics Roundtable. Dr. Musgrave has written widely on health care and other issues and is the author or co-author of more than 60 publications. Devon M. Herrick is senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis.
Part 1 I Twenty Myths Chapter 2 Rights Chapter 3 Equality Chapter 4 Needs Chapter 5 Outcomes Chapter 6 Technology Chapter 7 Quality Chapter 8 Costs Chapter 9 Efficiency Chapter 10 Unnecessary Care Chapter 11 Administrative Costs Chapter 12 Priorities Chapter 13 Prevention Chapter 14 Managed Care Chapter 15 International Competitiveness Chapter 16 The Elderly Chapter 17 Minorities Chapter 18 Rural Areas Chapter 19 Prescription Drugs Chapter 20 Public Opinion Chapter 21 Reform Part 22 II The Politics and Economics of Health Care Systems Chapter 23 The Politics of Medicine Chapter 24 Is Managed Competition the Answer? Part 25 III Reforming the U.S. Health Care System Chapter 26 Designing an Ideal Health Care System Chapter 27 Designing Ideal Health Insurance