edited by Steven S Sharfstein and Allan Beigel, 268 pp, $19.95, Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Press Inc, 1985.
Since current psychiatric care delivery is, like the rest of health care, dominated, controlled, and to a great extent manipulated by those who manage the money, this book on the "new economics" of it is most timely and useful. Whether the current situation is seen as a huge mess or a great revolution, as part of understanding and dealing with it (many psychiatrists would say surviving it) many aspects and points of focus need to be included to get the comprehensive picture.
Therefore, the present volume, with a quasi-American Psychiatric Association base and 26 authors (11 MDs, five MDs with other degrees, two PhDs, and eight authors without specified degrees), reflects the points of view of the psychiatric profession's leadership and administration, lawyers, economists, consultants, educators, businessmen, and clinicians. The focus is on the "new economics" of psychiatric care.
The book begins with about 100 pages on the new economics.
Fischer HK. The New Economics and Psychiatric Care. JAMA. 1986;256(7):928. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380070134036