The cost of health care in Western countries

Joseph White

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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The cost of health care in Western countries

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All advanced industrial countries socialize most health care costs because their citizens view relatively equal access to such care as a mark of a decent society. This makes the costs of health care a policy issue, because governments need to relate costs to revenues, and there are limits to the willingness of citizens, especially wealthier citizens, to pay for others....

Chapter.  3153 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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