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Issue 2 • June 1988

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  • Health care policy and the economics of technological changes in the health care industry

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):6 - 8
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    The effects of government macroeconomic and health industry specific policies on the process of medical technological innovation between 1960 and 1988 are examined. Between 1960 and 1976, the introduction and expansion of the Medicare/Medicaid programs coupled with rising tax rates (that made employer-based untaxed private insurance programs very attractive) led to an extremely favorable environme... View full abstract»

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  • Too much of a good thing . . . ? [aging process]

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):9 - 13
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    The consequences of considering human aging as a disease process rather than a natural inevitable part of life are addressed. These involve: (1) the conceptual realignment of the understanding of aging; (2) the use of costly medical technologies to sustain life at increasingly advanced ages; and (3) the increased cost of caring for an aging population. The development and use of medical technologi... View full abstract»

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  • Health care allocations: Is rescue preferable to prevention?

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):14 - 17
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    The author addresses the fact that far more health-care resources are devoted to acute-care rescue than to preventive medical technologies. He identifies the reasons why this is so, focusing on the fact that beneficiaries of rescue are identifiable individuals, whereas those of prevention are statistical. He concludes that the most compelling consideration in favor of rescue over prevention could ... View full abstract»

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  • Economic implications of health care policy for medical technology

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):18 - 23
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    The relationship between technology and medical costs in the context of US health-care policy is addressed. It is argued that current policy, particularly in the area of containment, is not directed toward general welfare, of which health is a critical component. The basic cause of this deficiency in policy is that there is no overall guiding principle of economic justice to which policy decisions... View full abstract»

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  • Comments on 'Would helping ethical professionals get professional societies into trouble?' by S.H. Unger

    Publication Year: 1988
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    The commenter, as a response to the above-mentioned article (ibid., vol.6, no.3, Sept.1987, p.17-21), briefly examines the problems of taking and supporting ethical instances in the workplace, and proposed a possible partial solution. He notes that the pressure not to become a so-called whistle-blower comes from both the employer (and possibly from the customers or other outside sources) and from ... View full abstract»

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  • Comments on 'First strike prevention' by C.M. Campbell, Jr

    Publication Year: 1988
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    The commenter suggests that the author of the above article (ibid., vol.6, no.4, pp.17-22, Dec. 1987) failed to come to grips with the political realities that would make the implementation of a mechanism for preventing the first use of nuclear weapons unlikely in the future. He points out that the policy of flexible response, i.e., that in the event of an overwhelming Eastern-bloc invasion, the W... View full abstract»

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