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The cost disease : why computers get cheaper and health care doesn't

Author: William J Baumol; David M De Ferranti; et al
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, ©2012.
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"The exploding cost of health care in the United States is a source of widespread alarm. Similarly, the upward spiral of college tuition fees is cause for serious concern. In this concise and illuminating book, the well-known economist William J. Baumol explores the causes of these seemingly intractable problems and offers a surprisingly simple explanation. Baumol identifies the "cost disease" as a major source of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William J Baumol; David M De Ferranti; et al
ISBN: 9780300179286 0300179286 9780300198157 0300198159
OCLC Number: 796276883
Description: xxi, 249 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Part I: The survivable cost disease. Why health-care costs keep rising ; What causes the cost disease, and will it persist? ; The future has arrived ; Yes, we can afford it ; Dark sides of the disease : terrorism and environmental destruction ; Common misunderstandings of the cost disease : cost versus quality and financial versus "physical" output measures ; The cost disease and global health --
Part 2: Technical aspects of the cost disease. Hybrid industries and the cost disease ; Productivity growth, employment allocation, and the special case of business services --
Part 3: Opportunities for cutting health-care costs. Business services in health care ; Yes, we can cut health-care costs even if we cannot reduce their growth rate --
Conclusions : Where are we headed and what should we do?
Responsibility: William J. Baumol ; with contributions by David de Ferranti ... [et al.].

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The exploding cost of health care in the United States is a source of widespread alarm. Similarly, the upward spiral of college tuition fees is cause for serious concern. In this book, the author  Read more...

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"It's a testament to Professor Baumol's lucid prose, though, that economists and noneconomists alike will find it easy to grasp his surprisingly comforting argument for why we shouldn't panic. . . Read more...

 
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