ERIC Number: ED255430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
The Soaring Cost of Health Care. 1984 National Issues Forum.
Melville, Keith, Ed.
Appropriate for secondary school social studies, this booklet covers the causes, problems, and possible solutions for the high cost of American health care. The topic is discussed in five sections. The first section, "The $350 Billion Health Care Bill," discusses how the nation's priority on health care has led to the emergence of medicine as America's leading growth industry. "RX for High Medical Bills: More Competition" discusses changes which would encourage consumers and providers to be more cost conscious. "The Government's Role" considers how costs could be confined by redefining that role. "The High Cost of Heroic Measures" questions whether the costs of new procedures are always justified. "Putting a Priority and a Price Tag on Health Care" deals with the need to humanely weigh the costs and benefits of medical care. Two self-administered questionnaires intended for completion before and after participation in a public forum or reading the booklet are included as well as a list of recommended readings. (IS)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Citizen Participation, Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Decision Making, Federal Government, Government Role, Medical Services, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Secondary Education, Social Studies
Order Dept., Domestic Policy Association, 5335 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, OH 45429 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Students
Sponsor: Domestic Policy Association, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.
Note: For other National Issues Forum publications, see ED 238 563 and SO 016 315-319.