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Health Policy

Choice, Equality and Cost David Reisman, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Surrey, UK and Senior Associate, Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
This lucid and comprehensive book explores the ways in which the State, the market and the citizen can collaborate to satisfy people’s health care needs. It argues that health care is not a commodity like any other. It asks if its unique properties mean that there is a role for social regulation and political management. Apples and oranges can be left to the buyers and the sellers. Health care may require an input from the consensus, the experts, the insurers, the politicians and the bureaucrats as well. David Reisman makes a fresh contribution to the debate. He argues that the three policy issues that are of primary importance are choice, equality and cost.
Extent: 384 pp
Hardback Price: $150.00 Web: $135.00
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78536 520 1
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78536 522 5
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Administration and Management
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Health Policy and Economics
This lucid and comprehensive book explores the ways in which the State, the market and the citizen can collaborate to satisfy people’s health care needs. It argues that health care is not a commodity like any other. It asks if its unique properties mean that there is a role for social regulation and political management. Apples and oranges can be left to the buyers and the sellers. Health care may require an input from the consensus, the experts, the insurers, the politicians and the bureaucrats as well.

David Reisman makes a fresh contribution to the debate. He argues that the three policy issues that are of primary importance are choice, equality and cost. He explores the balance between the patient, the practitioner and public opinion; the disparities in outcome indicators and access to medical care; and the escalation in prices and quantities at the expense of other areas of social life. Reisman concludes that, despite its significance for the individual and the nation, there is no single definition of health or health care. The maximand is a mix. Yet decisions have to be made.

This thought-provoking and insightful book will be of use to students and scholars of public policy, social policy and health economics. It will also be of interest to medical practitioners who want to situate hard choices about health and illness in a broad multidisciplinary context.
‘Too often health economics proceeds without serious consideration of the concrete challenges of health policy.​ David Reisman’s new book does just the opposite: it starts with those challenges and shows what the economics of health care must be to address them. This makes the economics of health care inseparable from the ethics of health care. This book is highly recommended for clear and sensible thinking about the economics of health policy.’
– John Davis, Marquette University, US and University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Good Health 3. The Invisible Mind 4. Inputs and Outcomes 5. The Individual 6. The Practitioner 7. The Public 8. The Logic of Insurance 9. Insurance: Public and Private 10. Equity and Equality 11. The Right to Health 12. Inequality and Health 13. Narrowing the Gap 14. Equalising Medical Care 15. The Cost of Care 16. Cost Containment 17. State, Market and Cost 18. Conclusion Index