Inquiry

A quarterly forum for professionals and educators focused on public policy issues, innovative concepts, and original research in the areas of health care organization, provision and financing.

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 2, Summer

Geographic Market Definition: The Case of Medicare-Reimbursed Skilled Nursing Facility Care
Correct geographic market definition is important to study the impact of competition. In the nursing home industry, most studies use geopolitical boundaries to define markets. This paper uses the Minimum Data Set to generate an alternative market definition...
Health and Social Justice
Health and Social Justice. By Jennifer Prah Ruger. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press. 2010. 224 pp. $74.00. In her ambitious book, Health and Social Justice, Jennifer Prah Ruger provides a valuable contribution to the theoretical literature...
Individual Insurance and Access to Care
Starting in 2014, more Americans will have private, nonemployment-related insurance ("individual insurance"). Using the nationally representative Medical Expenditure Panel Survey for 2002 through 2007, this' paper compares access to care between nonelderly...
Is Fragmented Financing Bad for Your Health?
Americans finance health care through a variety of private insurance plans and public programs. This organizational ji'agmentation could threaten continuity of care and adversely aJfect outcomes. Using a large sample of veterans who were eligible./or...
Nonprofit Health Care Market Concentration and the Public Interest
During the federal health care reform debates, concerns arose from several corners about health plans being too heavily concentrated in some markets. Various Democratic leaders even called for a public plan option and/or new nonprofit "co-op" plans...
On the Mend: Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry
On the Mend: Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry. By John Toussaint and Roger A. Gerard, with Emily Adams. Cambridge, Mass.: Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. 2010. 191 pp. $30.00. This is a "must-read" book for everyone...
Ryan's Hope-Or Folly?
On April 5, 2011, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced a sweeping budget proposal, The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America's Promise (House Committee on the Budget 2011), designed to trim the federal budget by nearly $6 trillion over the next decade,...
Still Broken: Understanding the U.S. Health Care System
Still Broken: Understanding the U.S. Health Care System. By Stephen M. Davidson. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press. 2010. 304 pp. $27.95. In Still Broken, Stephen Davidson takes on the formidable task of attempting to explain the complexities...
Why Are Low-Income Teens More Likely to Lack Health Insurance Than Their Younger Peers?
Low-income teenagers are more likely to lack health insurance than younger children. Using data from the 2006, 2007, and 2008 rounds' of the National Health Interview Survey, we examine whether differences between teens and younger children in socioeconomic...
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