A Bit of History

Part of the Clinical Medical Ethics book series (CMET, volume 3)


We begin with the most salient feature of health care economics in the United States: over the past three decades the total cost of health care has risen exponentially, and those who pay for it are urgently trying to control their expenditures. This economic upheaval is triggering profound changes in the financing and delivery of health care and, thereby, is precipitating the moral challenges that are the focus of this volume. To understand how all this has come about, we must first examine the explosion of health care expenditures and its causes.


Health Care Cost Acquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome Health Care Expenditure Cost Containment Fringe Benefit 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

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