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Book and Media Reviews
August 27, 2008

Health Care Reform: Ethics and Politics

JAMA. 2008;300(8):966. doi:10.1001/jama.300.8.966

Tired of hearing economic pundits and policy wonks repeat the same points regarding health care delivery conundrums? The editors of this collection of essays argue that they have an effective antidote: a dispassionate assessment of the moral consequences of how health care is delivered in the United States. Potential readers might be put off at the prospects of a classic dry assessment of ethical trade-offs and value propositions. While some of the included essays have sections that prove to be difficult going, they are also anything but dispassionate: the authors express a clear conviction that a rationalized health care system with a single payer is morally superior to the current system.

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