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Title
Containing health costs in a consumer-based model.
First Author
Butler, Stuart M
Date of Pub
1991 Supp.
Pages
21-25
Volume
Supp.
Issue
N/A
Other Authors
N/A
Abstract
The assumption that consumer choice cannot be used to achieve cost control in health care is invalid. It does not do so today because the tax treatment of health care leads to perverse consumer incentives that encourage cost escalation. By reforming the tax treatment of insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs, it is possible to design an efficient and universal system in which consumer choice is a powerful restraint on cost.
Abstract Continued
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MeSH
Consumer Participation/economics : Cost Control/methods : Health Care Costs : Health Policy/economics : Models, Econometric : Taxes/legislation & jurisprudence : United States
NTIS Number
PB99-106478