Priced Out: The Economic and Ethical Costs of American Health Care

Author:   Uwe E. Reinhardt ,  Paul Krugman ,  William H. Frist, M.D. Senator ,  Tsung-Mei Cheng
Publisher:   Princeton University Press
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9780691192178


Pages:   232
Publication Date:   10 May 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   Uwe E. Reinhardt ,  Paul Krugman ,  William H. Frist, M.D. Senator ,  Tsung-Mei Cheng
Publisher:   Princeton University Press
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
ISBN:  

9780691192178


ISBN 10:   0691192170
Pages:   232
Publication Date:   10 May 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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[A] devastating portrait of a system that doesn't just consume huge resources to no good end, but denies care to many Americans, not because it would really be too expensive to provide, but because the system prices them out by making care arbitrarily expensive--and/or rations health care in ways that are fundamentally indefensible. --from Paul Krugman's foreword


In my forty-plus years of engagement with health care policy, I never encountered a mind more incisive or a character more compelling than Uwe Reinhardt's. With his clear voice, piercing intellect, hilarious wit, and unshakable ethics, he simply had no peer. Priced Out is one more testament to the gifts he gave us as a unique model of science and compassion in indissoluble embrace. If you want to understand the trouble that health care has come to, and where it must look for solutions, read this book. --Donald M. Berwick, MD, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services With an economist's precision and a prophet's moral clarity, the late Uwe Reinhardt untangles our complex health care system for all to see and understand. Only Reinhardt could have done so much in such a short, penetrating volume. His brilliance as a teacher shines through. This will be a must-read for aspiring students of health care and for policymakers everywhere. How much we will miss him. --David Blumenthal, MD, President, The Commonwealth Fund As always, Uwe Reinhardt has managed to make me smile as he's presenting a tragic story about U.S. health care. He couples an economist's mathematical graphs and analysis with his unique, unsparing wry commentary. You can hear him on every page of this book. Demonstrating the infeasibility of many--actually, almost all--of the recent attempts at health care reform, he avers that Republican loss of control of one or both houses in 2018 would 'change the debate on health care.' He predicts 'major competing initiatives on health care' from both parties in the 2020 campaign. It is a tragedy that he will not be here to analyze them. --Elisabeth Rosenthal, author of An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back


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Uwe E. Reinhardt (1937-2017) was the James Madison Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where he taught for nearly fifty years. He wrote a regular column for the New York Times blog Economix.

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