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A Prescription for Health
David Gratzer, National Review Online, 12-21-04

“Republicans haven’t had much luck with health care,” David Gratzer observes, but he chronicles two new books from noted free-market health care experts (Sally Pipes, The Pacific Research Institute; John Goodman, The National Center for Policy Analysis) that should give politicians on both sides of the aisle plenty of good ideas to build on.

“Both Pipes and Goodman find an alternative in the concept of greater individual choice and control. Rather than leave important decisions up to others” policymakers should put consumers “in the drivers’ seat” for their own health care spending. Both authors agree that Health Savings Accounts are a vital first step in this direction and “marry real insurance (that is, coverage for high and unpredictable costs) with contributions to a savings account that can be used to pay for smaller health expenses and rolled over from year to year.”

We look forward to more powerful health care research from both of these scholars – and perhaps another book from Dr. Gratzer himself.

If you are interested in learning more about these two books you can find them here:

Miracle Cure: How to Solve America's Health-Care Crisis and Why Canada Isn't the Answer, by Sally C. Pipes

Lives at Risk: Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around the World, by John C. Goodman, Gerald L. Musgrave, Devon M. Herrick



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