October 23, 1972

Health Care

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago


edited by Clark C. Havighurst, 452 pp, $16.50, Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, Inc., 1972.

JAMA. 1972;222(4):491. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210040059031

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Health Care is a compilation of articles originally published by the Library of Law and Contemporary Problems. The articles are based on the authors' assumption that the present system of health care delivery is economically inequitable and inadequate. The authors examine and criticize the health care legislation presently being debated in the Congress and indicate possible methods of reforming the health care,delivery system. The book contains such representative articles as "Medical Care and Its Delivery: An Economic Appraisal," by Judith R. Lave and Lester B. Lave; "Health Maintenance Organizations and the Market for Health Services," by Clark C. Havighurst; and "National Health Insurance: A Review of Policies and Proposals," by I. S. Falk.

A central theme of the book seems to be that physicians and organized medicine are responsible for any failures in the health care delivery system. To correct these failures the authors propose either federal regulation or a