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Review of New Book on Health Care Costs

The New York Times featured an article on a new book concerning health care costs. The essay was titled, “The Case for Calm Over Rising Health Costs” and focused on the book, “The Cost Disease: Why Computers Get Cheaper and Health Care Doesn’t,” authored by business professor William J. Baumol. As the essay notes, Professor Baumol discusses escalating health care costs, but asserts, “The critical point here is that because politicians do not understand the mechanism and nature of the cost disease, and because they face political pressures from a similarly uninformed electorate, they do not realize that we can indeed afford these services without forcing society to undergo unnecessary cuts, restrictions and other forms of deprivation.” His argument focuses on the impact of productivity increases.

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