Priced Out: The Economic and Ethical Costs of American Health Care

  • 4h 13m 20s
  • Uwe E. Reinhardt
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2019

From a giant of health care policy, an engaging and enlightening account of why American health care is so expensive - and why it doesn't have to be.

Uwe Reinhardt was a towering figure and moral conscience of health care policy in the United States and beyond. Famously bipartisan, he advised presidents and Congress on health reform and originated central features of the Affordable Care Act. In Priced Out, Reinhardt offers an engaging and enlightening account of today's US health care system, explaining why it costs so much more and delivers so much less than the systems of every other advanced country, why this situation is morally indefensible, and how we might improve it.

The problem, Reinhardt says, is not one of economics but of social ethics. There is no American political consensus on a fundamental question other countries settled long ago: To what extent should we be our brothers' and sisters' keepers when it comes to health care?

An incisive look at the American health care system, Priced Out dispels the confusion, ignorance, myths, and misinformation that hinder effective reform.

In this Audiobook

  • 1. U.S. Health Spending and What Drives it
  • 2. Pricing Americans Out of Health Care
  • 3. Some Interesting or Curious Facts about Our Health Care System
  • 4. Who Actually Pays for Health Care?
  • 5. Value for the Money Spent on U.S. Health Care
  • 6. The Social Role of Health Care
  • 7. The Mechanics of Commercial Health Insurance from an Ethical Perspective
  • 8. The Elephant in the Room and the Ethical Vision Baked into Health Reform Proposals
  • 9. The Ethical Vision of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare)
  • 10. The Ethical Vision of the Health Reform Proposals of 2017