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12/13/91

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Stanford Law & Policy Review publishes issue on health-care reform

STANFORD -- "Health Care in America: Armageddon on the Horizon?" is the subject of the just-released Stanford Law & Policy Review. The student-edited publication is expected to clarify and add fuel to the current controversy on America's health care system.

Some of the nation's leading scholars and policymakers on health care reform contributed to the publication. They include Louis Sullivan, secretary, Health and Human Services; Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.); Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.); and Joseph Califano, former secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.

Highlights of the 25 articles include:

  • John Kitzhaber and Mark Gibson of the Oregon Senate describe that state's new approach to rationing medical care, while John D. Golenski and Stephen Thompson, of the Bioethics Consultation Group, argue for rationing at the national level. Califano, however, contends that the present system can be improved simply by eliminating wasteful procedures. And Richard Epstein, Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, cautions that if the costs of health care are subsidized or otherwise transferred, demand will rise.
  • In "Health Care in America - Implications for Business and the Economy," Walter Maher of Chrysler Corp. argues that American business is bearing too much of America's health care costs, and suffering is decreased competitiveness in the international marketplace as a result.
  • In "California's Health Access: Marshalling the Political Will for Health Care Reform," Lois Salisbury, of Public Advocates in San Francisco, describes her organization's grass- roots efforts to effect legislative health-care reform in California.
  • For perspectives on how other countries manage their health-care systems, Aki Yoshikawa, Norihiko Shirouzu and Matthew Holt describe the Japanese point of view, while Howard Davies and Hugh Powell examine the health-care system in Great Britain.

"Health Care in America: Armageddon on the Horizon?" is the third published issue of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. The previous issue, on the savings and loan crisis, received widespread attention when it was published in 1990.

To order copies, please call Shannon Hansen, Circulation Manager, at (415) 725-7247.

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