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The Economics of Health and Health Care Hardcover – 29 Feb 2012

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Required text for grad school 18 Sept. 2013
By caryn - Published on
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The book is very advanced for a non economics major. I am totally lost but the explanations seem to be adequate.
Decent for a policy course, a bit lacking for an Econs course 10 Feb. 2015
By Honoré de Balzac - Published on
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We're using this book for an upper-div Economics course, and I felt the text was a bit too high-level (as someone else mentioned) for use in an Econs course, in the sense that it's light on mathematical application and heavier on verbosity. The book seems to try to appeal to both those studying policy, while at the same time trying to appeal to those studying Economics, and I don't personally like the style. The book does assume a little basic familiarity with economists' tools and shows models, but for the most part I felt that it was just much too high-level and verbose and targeted more toward those studying the "policyer"-side of things. The result is that as someone studying Economics, I find myself a little put off by the super brief treatment of applying models and the paragraphs upon paragraphs of text. On the other side, I could see how those without much/any knowledge of economics could become confused, although I think they do a decent job of covering the basics concisely from the ground up without weighing down the text too much.

I will say that it does discuss relevant topics, and I've learned a lot of things I never knew, and am able to think about the economic side of health care in ways I never did before. I think the book could be great under the right circumstances. But chances are if you're using this for an upper-division Economics course, the problems you will solve for homework and on exams will likely cover the topics in a more advanced fashion, and the book doesn't provide enough mathematical examples and tools for that. So pray your professor distributes slides or lecture notes....mine doesn't.
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Not so hot. 25 April 2013
By Anthony - Published on
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This book is written at a very high level and requires extensive knowledge of economics to understand. Make sure if your professor is using this they are thorough or you will get lost.
I like this book a lot 23 Nov. 2014
By cyndi_k - Published on
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I like this book a lot. The layout and table of contents is very intuitive to me. It was recommended that I use this book to study for my field qualifying exam for health policy and I'm glad I got it. I actually understand this book a lot better than my original health econ book by phelps which was just a whole bunch of reading but no real econ concepts.
Required text for course; VG textbook 9 Jun. 2013
By Mary Ann (PA) - Published on
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Chapters are each about 20 pages long. Well explained, just enough detail. Not overly simplified nor overly complicated. Chapter summaries helpful; and questions for deeper exploration into topics if desired.
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