The Economics of Health Reconsidered, Fifth Edition

Thomas Rice, PhD Lynn Unruh, PhD Andrew Barnes

ISBN: 978-1-64055-347-7
Hardbound, 585pp, 2023
Order Code: 2462I
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Book Description

Instructor Resources: PowerPoint slides, important chapter concepts, discussion questions with answers, additional readings, and a transition guide to the new edition.

The fifth edition of The Economics of Health Reconsidered continues to challenge the reliance on market forces to address health policy issues, and it argues instead for the value of government intervention. By critically examining economic theory as applied to the healthcare sector, the authors encourage readers to question the assumptions on which the perceived success of the competitive-healthcare-market model is based.

Like its previous editions, this thoroughly updated text focuses on how the unique characteristics of healthcare challenge the effectiveness of traditional economic remedies. Chapters explore demand and supply, as well as equity, expenditures, international comparisons, and economic evaluations. Traditional mainstream economics is discussed throughout the book, and a full chapter summarizes intermediate microeconomic theory.

This edition features the following additions and updates:
  • A new chapter on the social determinants of health that explores the effects of education, income, gender, sexual- and gender-minority identities, early childhood experiences, neighborhood effects, and race/ethnicity on the demand for health
  • A new chapter introducing the field of behavioral economics, including how its view of decision making compares to the view assumed by the traditional economic framework
  • Evidence-based discussion of supplier-induced demand, market concentration and cost-shifting in healthcare, and the success of supply-side mechanisms in containing costs and quality
  • Data on outcomes brought about by nonprofit versus for-profit healthcare providers and organizations
The theories and perspectives in The Economics of Health Reconsidered illustrate how the government plays a crucial role in making the healthcare sector not only more equitable but also more efficient.