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Mortal peril : our inalienable right to health care? /

Richard A. Epstein.

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Main Author: Epstein, Richard Allen
Published: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., c1997.
Topics: Right to health care - United States. | Delivery of Health Care - United States. | Human Rights - United States. | Droit à la santé. | Santé publique - États-Unis.
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245 10|aMortal peril :|bour inalienable right to health care? /|cRichard A. Epstein.
260 |aReading, Mass. :|bAddison-Wesley Pub. Co.,|cc1997.
300 |axvi, 503 p. ;|c24 cm.
504 |aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 435-478) and index.
505 0 |aPreface: Seen But Not Heard -- Introduction: Hard Truths and Fresh Starts -- Pt. 1. Access to Health Care. 1. A Positive Case for Positive Rights. 2. Practical Obstacles to Positive Rights. 3. Demanded Care: An Exercise in Futility. 4. Necessity and Indigent Care: The Right to Say No. 5. Wealth and Disability. 6. Community Rating and Pre-existing Conditions. 7. Medicare: The Third Rail of American Politics. 8. Clintoncare: The Shipwreck -- Pt. 2. Self-Determination and Choice. 9. Alienability and Its Limitations: Of Surrogacy and Baby-Selling. 10. The Present: Shortages Without Solution. 11. Transplantation: The Supply Side. 12. Organ Transplantation: The Demand Side. 13. Active Euthanasia. 14. Physician-Assisted Suicide. 15. Abuse and Overreaching. 16. Unwelcome Constitutional Complications. 17. Incompetence. 18. History, Doctrine, and Evolution of Liability. 19. The Efficiency of the Liability System. 20. The Reform of the Liability System.
520 |aIn this seminal work, distinguished legal scholar Richard Epstein daringly refutes the assumption that health care is a "right" that should be available to all Americans. Such thinking, he argues, has fundamentally distorted our national debate on health care by focusing the controversy on the unrealistic goal of government-provided universal access, instead of what can be reasonably provided to the largest number of people given the nation's limited resources. Epstein examines the entire range of health-care issues, from euthanasia and organ donation to the contentious questions surrounding access. Basing his argument in our common law traditions that limit the collective responsibility for an individual's welfare, he provides a political/economic analysis which suggests that unregulated provision of health care will, in the long run, guarantee greater access to quality medical care for more people.
520 8 |aThe author's authoritative analysis leads to strong conclusions. HMOs and managed care, he argues, are the best way we know to distribute health care, despite some damage to the quality of the physician-patient relationship and the risk of inadequate care. In a similar vein, he maintains that voluntary private markets in human organs would be much more effective in making organs available for transplant operations than the current system of state control. In examining these complex issues, Epstein returns again and again to one simple theme: by what right does the state prevent individuals from doing what they want with their own bodies, their own lives, and their own fortunes?
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