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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Economics, 2nd Edition by Tom Gorman

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Chapter 20
U.S. Health Care—On Life Support?
In This Chapter
• The debate on health care and health insurance
• How the U.S. health-care system compares with others
• Past efforts to promote the health of U.S. citizens
• Policy options for health-care reform
Few topics in U.S. economic policy are as complex, emotionally charged, and vital to the nation’s global competitiveness as health care. Yet many Americans are misinformed about health-care policy and economics. This chapter sheds some light on the topic, while recognizing that there are no easy or inexpensive solutions to the U.S. health-care problem.
In this chapter we examine economic issues in health care, beginning with the question of whether it is a public or a private good, ...

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