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PROGNOSIS NEGATIVE: Health Care System in Crisis

with Alan M. Garber, M.D., George Halvorson, Helen H. Schaufflervia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, June 14, 2002

Ten years ago, soaring health care costs prompted the Clinton administration to propose sweeping reforms to the health care system, including a substantial new role for the federal government. But the plan drafted under the guidance of First Lady Hillary Clinton was defeated in Congress. A decade later, the problems with our health care system seem to have only gotten worse. In the recent economic downturn, millions lost their insurance along with their jobs, adding to the estimated 40 to 45 million Americans who have no medical insurance at all. Meanwhile the costs incurred by government and businesses to keep the rest of us covered are skyrocketing. Has the HMO model of health care that became predominant in the 1990s failed us? If so, what should replace it?

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Federalize Vaccine Production? We’d Be Taking a Shot in the Dark

by Henry I. Miller, Sam Kazmanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Since the anthrax scare last fall, there have been calls for the federal government to set up a National Vaccine Authority. Hoover fellow Henry I. Miller and Sam Kazman explain why that would be a mistake—with deadly consequences.

The Doctor-Patient Breakdown

by Philip R. Alpervia Policy Review
Monday, April 1, 2002

Trouble at the core of the medical economy

What the Anthrax Attacks Should Teach Us

by Jonathan B. Tuckervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Until recently a largely hypothetical threat, bioterrorism has now become a harsh reality. Jonathan B. Tucker explains how the American health system must respond.

The New Normalcy

by Henry I. Miller, Sherri Ferrisvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Learning how to live in a newly dangerous world. By Hoover fellow Henry I. Miller and Sherri Ferris.

Medicine's Race Problem

by Sally Satelvia Policy Review
Saturday, December 1, 2001

Sometimes racial information can help in treatment

How to Defuse the Population Bomb

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 30, 2001

While birthrates continue to fall sharply in rich nations, they continue to rise sharply in poor nations. This growing demographic divide is increasing poverty and suffering. Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker explains what we can do.

Analysis and Commentary

Who Pays for the Patients' Bill of Rights?

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, October 1, 2001

The people who actually pay the higher cost of employer-provided benefits are employees.

Science, Faith, and Alternative Medicine

by Ronald W. Dworkinvia Policy Review
Wednesday, August 1, 2001

A lesson in what patients want

How to Cure Health Care

by Milton Friedmanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 30, 2001

The United States spends a mind-boggling percentage of its GDP on a health care system that virtually everyone agrees is a disaster. Is there any way out of this mess? There is—and Hoover fellow Milton Friedman has found it.

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Health Care Policy Working Group


The Working Group on Health Care Policy devises public policies that enable more Americans to get better value for their health care dollar and foster appropriate innovations that will extend and improve life.