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HEALTH ECONOMICS TEXT BOOKS CURRENTLY IN-PROGRESS [Working White Papers On-Line]

Currently researching, developing and writing three economic text books as a re-imagined and insightful linguistical triad to be released in 2024-25.

1. PARADOXICAL HEALTH ECONOMICS [A Treatise Torching Absurd Self-Contradictory Propositions]

What are the most important health economic paradoxes of the last century? We have some ideas and that’s the question we attempt to ask, ponder and explain in this treatise? And, although, there is a natural overlap with the fields of finance and accounting; there is little emerging specificity and no prioritized importance to this alphabetized ranking.

Now, this text is written for non-specialist and lay readers with little to no prior knowledge of health economics, finance, health insurance or related theories. While we use many named theories we use non-technical terms about the origin, structure, development and eventual contemporary use of them which is the objective for the study of modern health economics. We present information, in treatise form, about basic core concepts like theories, laws, rules, charts, eponyms and even oddities in a communicator fashion of subject mater expertise.

Inevitably some good paradoxical theories fell by the wayside during curaton, often for reasons unrelated to their importance. And, the line between theory and concept gets blurry at times. So, please take the alphabetized list in the spirit of curiosity mixed with seriousness. And, keep in mind, that important health economic paradoxes are not always permanently correct. So, mixed among the most important paradoxical theories you may find a few that are wrong, or inexact, despite their influence. See if you can find them. We could go on, but you get the idea.

Moreover, as the list illustrates, there are nuances about what constitutes a paradoxical theory — some try to describe how the concept works, and others try to describe how it should work. And, of course, they vary widely in how well they accomplish those goals. And, as the list may suggest, we undoubtedly overlooked some worthy or less orthodox theories. (And we probably overlooked some mainstream items, too!).

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2. HOBSON’S CHOICE MEDICINE [Exposing Crowd-Sourced Reflections on Decision-Making, Health Economics, Linguistics and Free Market Enterprise]

For those unfamiliar with this economics expression, it means …‘no choice at all’. Now, this is very different than transparent cognitive decision-making science that offers a real choice. In other words: this choice or that one –OR the either / or fallacy whereby the arguer characterizes a complex problem with many possible solutions, as having only two outcomes. One outcome is desirable and one not. But, with a true Thomas Hobson’s choice dilemma; there is NO real choice at all!

That’s where omy research is focused, and why this book is titled: HCM. In fact, I seek to illustrate the many false choices that all four participants in the US healthcare system quartet [patients – payers – providers – public policymakers] face … and often unwittingly make each day. For example:

Patients: “This health plan covers all drug costs” … As long as they are in our generic formulary.

Payers“The government does not force anyone to buy health insurance” … The choice is to buy insurance or pay a higher tax bill [“fee” or “penalty”].

Providers: “You don’t have to sign an insurance Hold Harmless Contract Clause to indemnify us for a malpractice claim” … But, you may be de-selected from our health insurance panel if you don’t.

Public Policymakers: “You can keep your doctor” … As long as s/he is in our narrow PP-ACA insurance network of physicians, medical centers and hospitals.

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3. HEALTH ECONOMIC FOR ALL OF US – VITAL EXPLANATIONS FOR THE REST OF US [Practical Knowledge “hacks” We All Should Know… But Probably Don’t]

What are the most important health economic theories of the last century? I have some ideas and that’s the question we attempt to ask, ponder and explain in this book? And, although, there is a natural overlap with the fields of finance and accounting; there is little emerging specificity and no prioritized importance to this alphabetized ranking.

Now, this text is written for non-specialist and lay readers with little to no prior knowledge of health economics, finance, health insurance or related theories. While we use many named theories we use non-technical terms about the origin, structure, development and eventual contemporary use of them which is the objective for the study of modern health economics. I present information, in compendium form, about basic core concepts like theories, laws, rules, charts, eponyms and even oddities in a communicator fashion of subject mater expertise.

Inevitably some good theories fell by the wayside during curaton, often for reasons unrelated to their importance. And, the line between theory and concept gets blurry at times. So, please take the alphabetized list in the spirit of curiosity mixed with seriousness. And, keep in mind, that important health economic theories are not always right. So, mixed among the most important theories you mayl find a few that are wrong, or inexact, despite their influence. See if you can find them. We could go on, but you get the idea.