Mother of Invention: How the Government Created "Free-Market" Health Care-Robert I. Field

  • Title: Mother of Invention: How the Government Created "Free-Market" Health Care
  • Author: Robert I. Field
  • Released: 2013-11-29
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  • Pages: 336
  • ISBN: 0199746753
  • ISBN13: 978-0199746750
  • ASIN: 0199746753


"Robert Field begins with the familiar cry, 'keep government out of my health care,' and skillfully demonstrates why that is simply not possible. Government is the silent partner driving the health care system--organizing, regulating, and funding, funding, funding. Mother of Invention reveals the private--public connection in every corner of American health care-from the pharmaceutical giants to the family doctor. It is elegant, thoughtful, creative, meticulous, unsettling, irresistible, and required reading for both scholars and citizens." -James Morone, John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Brown University, and author of Hellfire Nation, By the People: Debating American Government and The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office.

"Weaving history and crisp analysis, Professor Field brilliantly helps us to understand how government's massive roles in policy, payment and regulation have created the exigencies of the American health care system and its marketplace. His conclusions affirm that this reality will shape all viable solutions going forward." -- Gary L. Gottlieb, President and Chief Executive Officer, Partners HealthCare System, Inc., and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"This book offers a brilliant analysis of the enduring role of government in creating and supporting the health care market. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the true relationship between government and market forces." -- Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

"Robert Field's illuminating book demonstrates the fatuity of calls to get the federal government out of our health care system. Through generous funding, tax breaks and protective regulation, the federal government in fact created our uniquely American public/private health care system, which could not have existed without it. Our task now, as Field shows, is to improve, not sunder, this relationship." -- Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, Robert L. Willett Family Professor, Washington and Lee University Law School

About the Author
Robert I. Field is Professor of Law and Professor of Health Management and Policy at Drexel University and Lecturer in Health Care Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has written extensively on the American health care system and has authored a comprehensive overview of health care regulation, Health Care Regulation in America: Complexity, Confrontation and Compromise (also published by Oxford University Press). He has also practiced health law and worked in the management of a major academic health system. He is a frequent media commentator on health care issues and has been quoted by NPR, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and numerous other outlets. He writes a regular blog on health policy for The Philadelphia Inquirer entitled "The Field Clinic."
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