Curing the Healthcare Crisis


392 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Hardcover, ebook: PDF, ebook: EPUB, Mobipocket

Hardcover, $28.95 (US $28.95) (CA $38.95)

Publication Date: June 2012

ISBN 9781598130836


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In the groundbreaking book Priceless, renowned healthcare economist John Goodman reveals how patients, healthcare providers, employers, and employees are all trapped in a dysfunctional, bureaucratic, healthcare system fraught with perverse incentives that raise costs, reduce quality, and make care less accessible. Unless changed, these incentives will only worsen the problems in the coming months and years. He demonstrates how market forces have been driven out from the American healthcare system, making it nearly impossible to solve problems as effectively or efficiently as in virtually every other type of consumer marketplace. Goodman cuts through the politics to think "outside the box" and propose dozens of bold and crucial innovations that, if adopted, would enable caregivers, entrepreneurs, and patients to use their knowledge and creativity to create access to low-cost, high-quality healthcare.


"John Goodman has long been the clearest and most insightful healthcare thinker we have . . . it's time we acted on his common sense, fact-based wisdom in Priceless."  —Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana

"There's no question that today's healthcare system is littered with distorted incentives and what John Goodman calls dysfunctionality. Priceless is a call to arms to do something about it."  —Peter R. Orszag, former Director, Congressional Budget Office

"John Goodman, widely known as the father of health savings accounts, is as provocative and controversial as ever in his book, Priceless . . . interesting for all who have been frustrated in their search for a workable solution to our healthcare woes."  —Gail R. Wilensky, former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

"I have been following John Goodman's health policy ideas for as long as I’ve been on Capitol Hill. John's latest effort, Priceless: Curing the Health Care Crisis, makes it abundantly clear why he is a source of wisdom, insight, and innovative thinking."  —Paul Ryan, Chairman, U.S. House Budget Committee

"If liberal commentators wish to sharpen their claws, there is no better stone on which to do it than John Goodman's book Priceless.”  —Uwe E. Reinhardt, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Princeton University

"Priceless provides fresh and original insights to help steer us into a system that harnesses individual choice, aligns price and quality, and more effectively utilizes financing to achieve these ends."  —June E. O'Neill, former Director, Congressional Budget Office; Wollman Distinguished Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of Business and Government, Baruch College

"Priceless is an important contribution to a market-friendly approach to reforming healthcare."  —Martin S. Feldstein, President Emeritus, National Bureau of Economic Research; George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University

"John Goodman's terrific book Priceless . . . offers a breath of fresh air in a tired healthcare debate that demonstrates once again that markets enjoy their greatest advantage in complex settings that call for imaginative solutions that no government-driven system can deliver."  —Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University

Author Biography

John C. Goodman is Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, and author of more than 50 studies on health policy, retirement reform, and tax issues. Dr. Goodman is the author of ten books, including Living with Obamacare: A Consumer's Guide; Lives at Risk: Single Payer National Health Insurance Around the World (with Gerald Musgrave and Devon Herrick); Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws (with Kimberley A. Strassel and Celeste Colgan); and the trailblazing Patient Power: Solving America's Health Care Crisis, that sold more than 300,000 copies. His articles have been featured in publications such as Health Affairs, National Review, and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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