Introduction: Industry Confronts Health Care Costs

Part of the Springer Series on Industry and Health Care book series (SSIND, volume 1)


Through industry’s window onto the health care system it is possible to see most of the urgent policy choices confronting us, along with many of the built-in conflicts that confound those choices:
  • How much money does society wish to channel into health care and by implication away from other goals?

  • How do we reconcile the need to curtail runaway increases in health care costs with problems of unmet needs and uneven distribution of resources?

  • Where do the scales tip between uniform quality and maximal efficiency?

  • Where on the continuum shall we stop between a pluralistic, decentralized, and undisciplined system on one side and a monolithic, regulated, and involuntary one on the other?


Health Care Cost Price Stability Benefit Package Private Industry Employee Benefit 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Industry and Health CareBoston University Health Policy InstituteBostonUSA

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