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Book and Media Reviews
March 14, 2007

Medicine and the Market: Equity v. Choice

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow, JAMA.

JAMA. 2007;297(10):1131-1134. doi:10.1001/jama.297.10.1131

With rising costs and expenditures appearing in health care systems around the world, beginning in the 1970s and 1980s and continuing today, the question of how to manage health care resources has taken on new importance. What role should governments play? To what extent should the allocation of health care be determined by the market? Daniel Callahan, a US bioethicist trained in philosophy, and Angela Wasunna, a native of Kenya trained in international law and bioethics, tackle this question and offer criteria for the use of markets in health care systems.

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