Medicine and the Market: Equity v. Choice

Dan Callahan and Angela Wasunna
(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006)

This book is the first to examine and analyze the international debate over the place of market ideas and practices in health care. It looks at the history of market thinking, its incorporation into health care, and documents the struggle between market and government advocates on the appropriate place of the market. The book compares Canadian and American health care, the European universal care systems, and the place of the market in developing countries. It concludes with an assessment of the efficacy of market practices in controlling costs and quality and in comparing the advantages and disadvantages of different market-government arrangements.

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