Book — ix, 121 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
US health care today: setting the record straight
Reform #1: expand affordable private insurance
Reform #2: establish and liberalize universal health savings accounts
Reform #3: instill appropriate incentives with rational tax treatment of health spending
Reform #4: modernize Medicare for the twenty-first century
Reform #5: overhaul Medicaid and eliminate the two-tiered system for poor Americans
Reform #6: strategically enhance the supply of medical care while ensuring innovation
Key questions and answers on the Atlas plan.
In Restoring Quality Health Care, Dr. Scott Atlas examines the status of US health care, particularly in light of the Affordable Care Act, and presents a series of key reforms to meet the significant health care challenges facing the nation. Atlas proposes a six-point, strategic, incentive-based reform plan for US health care. The plan aims to instill market-based competition, empower consumers, and reduce the federal government's authority over health care. Those reforms focus on restoring the appropriate incentives in to increase the quality of health care and reduce its costs. Atlas's plan restores the intended purpose of health insurance (to protect against the risk of significant and unexpected health care costs), enhances the affordability of twenty-first-century medical care, and ensures continued innovation. Were the plan to be implemented fully, private and federal government health expenditures would conservatively decrease by trillions of dollars during the decade and access to high-quality health care would significantly improve. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Monterey, CA : James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2013.
Book — xi, 277 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm.
Part I: M.I. Levi's interesting stories
Part II: The anti-plague system in Russia and Western media
Part III: Biographies of P.N. Burgasov and I.V. Domaradsky
Part IV: Concluding remarks by the editors
Throughout the twentieth century, the 2nd Directorate of the USSR Ministry of Health (MOH) directed a wide-ranging 'anti-plague system' with the main objective of protecting the country from endemic and imported dread diseases such as plague, anthrax, tularemia, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and others with either a natural or laboratory-based etiology. In addition, it had an important, three phased role in the Soviet Union's offensive biological warfare (BW) program: to provide training to the BW program's scientific workers on biosafety practices; to submit cultures of especially virulent pathogens to that program's research and development institutions; and, in some instances, weaponize some bacterial species.
Chap. 1: The challenge: obtaining high-quality affordable health care. The good : innovation
The bad : high costs and and a large uninsured population
The ugly : backlash against markets and the misguided response
Chap. 2. Five policy reforms to make markets work. Increase individual involvement in health care decisions
Deregulate insurance markets and redesign medicare and medicaid
Expand provision of health insurance
Control anticompetitive behavior
Reform the malpractice system
Study the tax preference for nonprofits
Chap. 3. Impacts of proposals on health care spending, the uninsured, the federal budget, and the distribution of tax burdens. Effects of reforms on health care spending
Effects of reforms on the number of uninsured
Effects of reforms on the federal budget
App. A. Estimating the impact of policy reforms on health care spending
App. B. Estimating the impact of policy reforms on uninsurance
App. C. Derivation of the elasticity of total health care spending with respect to the after-tax price of out-of-pocket spending
App. D. Estimating the impact of policy reforms on the federal budget.
Health care in the United States has made remarkable advances during the past forty years. Yet our health care system also has several well-known problems: high costs, significant numbers of people without insurance, and glaring gaps in quality and efficiency - and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is not the answer. This second edition of Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise details a better approach, offering fundamental reform alternatives centering on tax changes, insurance market changes, and redesigning Medicare and Medicaid. The book proposes five specific reforms to improve the ability of markets to create a lower-cost, higher-quality health care system that is responsive to the needs of individuals, including increasing individual involvement, deregulating insurance markets and redesigning Medicare and Medicaid, improving availability and quality of information, enhancing competition, and reforming the malpractice system. The authors show that, by promoting cost-conscious behavior and competition in both private markets and government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, we can slow the rate of growth of health care costs, expand access to high-quality health care, and slow down runaway spending. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
The WHO ranking of health systems redux : a critical appraisal
Ranking health systems : the limited value of life expectancy and infant mortality comparisons
Measuring medical care quality in the United States
Access to America's medical care
Maintaining excellence while reducing costs : an American solution to the American health care system.
In Excellent Health offers an alternative view of the much maligned state of health care in America, using facts and peer-reviewed data to challenge the statistics often cited as evidence that medical care in the United States is substandard and poor in value relative to that of other countries. The author proposes a complete plan for reform in three critical areas of the health care puzzle- tax structure, private insurance markets, and government health insurance programs- designed to. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
How did we get into this mess, and why will it get worse?
When is less insurance better than more?
How does good technology go bad?
A tale of two cities (and more)
Why is the employer-paid foundation of health insurance riddled with termites?
Do dollars distort doctor's decisions?
Why are we all killing ourselves?
Why is our K-12 educational system a public health menace?
Where does the Congress miss opportunities and hit potholes?.
Charles E. Phelps provides a comprehensive look at our health care system, including how the current system evolved, how the health care sector behaves, and a detailed analysis of ""the good, the bad, and the ugly"" parts of the system-from technological advances (the ""good"") to variations in treatment patterns (the ""bad"") to hidden costs and perverse incentives (the ""ugly""). He shows that much of the cost of health care ultimately derives from our own lifestyle choices and thus that education may well be the most powerful form of health reform we can envision. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Amid much controversy in March 2010, Congress passed President Barack Obama's sweeping legislation to fundamentally transform America's health care system in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In Reforming America's Health Care System, health policy experts from the United States, Canada, and Western Europe discuss both what to expect from the recent health reform legislation and alternatives that should still be considered. They offer critical appraisals of numerous aspects of the new law, looking at the individual mandate to buy insurance, the threats to medical innovation, the reduction of choice to consumers, and the complexities of medical malpractice reform. In addition they examine lessons learned from state health reforms, the Canadian government's control of access to care, and the Western European government's oversight of comparative effectiveness. The contributors stress that although government can be a positive piece of the health care puzzle by facilitating competitive markets, it is the marketplace that can provide more choices, better care, higher quality, and cost based on value. Innovation, they argue, comes from the private sector, not government, and there is no reason that the health insurance industry would be an exception. If Congress enacts reforms that remove artificial barriers and constructively open markets to competition, private-sector creativity will generate innovative, low-cost insurance products for tens of millions of consumers and facilitate innovations in medical care that have been the linchpin of improved health care during the past several decades. Such genuine reforms would bring down the cost of insurance, reduce the number of uninsured, increase individual choice, and empower Americans to make value-based decisions for their families. (source: Nielsen Book Data)