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List of Tables
1 The Rise in Medical Expenditures
2 How Much Should We Spend on Medical Care?
3 Do More Medical Expenditures Produce Better Health?
4 In Whose Interest Does the Physician Act?
5 Rationing Medical Services
6 How Much Health Insurance Should Everyone Have?
7 Why Are Those Who Most Need Health Insurance Least Able to Buy It?
10 How Does Medicare Pay Physicians?
11 Does a Physician Surplus Exist?
12 The Changing Practice of Medicine
13 The Malpractice Crisis
14 Do Nonprofit Hospitals Behave Differently than For-profit Hospitals?
15 Competition Among Hospitals: Does It Raise or Lower Costs?
16 Cost Shifting
17 Can Price Controls Limit Medical Expenditure Increases?
18 Managed Care Competition
19 How Will the Internet Change Health Care?
20 American Competitiveness and Rising Health Costs
21 Why Is Getting into Medical School So Difficult?
22 The Shortage of Nurses
23 The High Price of Prescription Drugs
24 Ensuring Safety and Efficacy of New Drugs: Too Much of a Good Thing?
25 Why Are Prescription Drugs Less Expensive Overseas?
26 How Should a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Be Designed?
27 Should Kdneys and Other Organs Be Bought and Sold?
28 The Role of Government in Medical Care
29 Medical Research, Medical Education, Alcohol Consumption, and Pollution: Who Should Pay?
30 The Canadian Health Care System
31 Employer-mandated National Health Insurance
32 National Health Insurance: Which Approach and Why?
33 Financing Long-term Care
34 The Politics of Health Care Reform
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