Free To Choose Medicine offers a compelling argument for the freedom of every patient, guided by the advice of his or her doctor, to make informed decisions about the use of not-yet-FDA-approved therapeutic drugs that are in late stages of clinical testing.
In the groundbreaking book Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis (published in May 2012 by The Independent Institute), NCPA President John C. Goodman reveals how healthcare is a “complex system” that cannot be managed from the top down. True reform requires liberating doctors and patients by allowing them to interact in innovative ways to help meet unique individual medical needs.
The single most important economic and sociological change in our society in the past 60 years has been the entry of women into the labor market…
The purpose of this primer is to explore some of the main scientific, economic and political issues surrounding the topic of global warming.
Reforming health care is one of the great challenges facing our country today. Based on our experience, true transformational reform must begin in state capitols, not in the halls of Congress.
As we move further into the twenty-first century, it is clear that we are living with a number of institutions that were not designed for the Information Age. One of those institutions is health care.
This book covers the burden of taxation, taxes and growth, spending and deficits, tax fairness, taxes on Work, and other tax issues.
The thesis of this book is simple: If we want to solve the nation’s health care crisis, we must apply the same common-sense principles to medical care that we apply to other goods and services. Health care is often said to be a necessity. However, there are other necessities such as food, clothing, housing and transportation. If we paid for any of these items the way we pay for health care, we would face a similar crisis. If we paid only 5 cents on the dollar for food, clothing, or housing, for example, costs would explode in each of those markets.
As this book goes to press, Latin American politics are undergoing dramatic and radical change. This change has been largely unnoticed by the North American news media – perhaps because it is overshadowed by the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. But a radical shift toward freedom and free enterprise (one which parallels the change in Eastern Europe) is occurring throughout Latin America. It is a change that appeared all but impossible only a few years ago.
Although the term ‘free enterprise’ is conventionally used to describe the economic systems of the United States and Britain the salient characteristic of both economies is the size of the public sector. In the United states, as in Britain, the government is the largest single element in the system. It is the biggest consumer, the biggest employer, and far and away the biggest spender. Besides being the largest element of both economies, government also exerts a distorting effect on such freedom of action as survives in the private sector.
On October 12, 1984 a conference was held in Washington. To my knowledge no conference like it had ever been held before.
The conference was attended by the leaders from the major public policy research institutes, by academics and researchers interested in policy issues, and by individuals who work in the Washington bureaucracy. The theme of the conference was: How Ideas Cause Change.
Superficially, it would seem that proposals for National Health Insurance (NHI) in the United States have landed in the dustbin of history, and the issue is no more. Certainly the Reagan Administration has made no secret of its opposition to NHI, and the current emphasis is on reducing government involvement in, and spending on, health care. The Reagan Administration will be replaced by other administrations, however, and the pendulum could then swing back in favor of NHI. That there is a political base for such a reversal is beyond doubt.
By most accounts, Britain is the most socialistic of all the western industrial democracies. It is not particularly socialistic in terms of having achieved a more equal distribution of income and wealth. The true distribution of income in Great Britain is probably not much different from that exhibited in the United States. The distribution of wealth in Britain is probably more unequal than its distribution in the United States. But Britain is socialistic in terms of having transferred to the state more and more power over economic resources.