Crisis of Abundance

Crisis of Abundance

Rethinking How We Pay for Health Care

Arnold Kling


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In Crisis of Abundance: Rethinking How We Pay for Health Care, economist Arnold Kling argues that the way we finance health care matches neither the needs of patients nor the way medicine is practiced. The availability of "premium medicine," combined with patients who are insulated from costs, means Americans are not getting maximum value per dollar spent. Using basic economic concepts, Kling demonstrates that a greater reliance on private saving and market innovation would eliminate waste, contain health care costs and improve the quality of care. Kling proposes gradually shifting responsibility for health care for the elderly away from taxpayers and back to the individual.


Arnold Kling:
Arnold Kling is an adujuct scholar at the Cato Institute and a former economist for the Federal Reserve Board and later for Freddie Mac. He is an adjunct scholar at George Mason University in Washington, DC and is also a contributing editor for Kling is author of two previous books: Under the Radar and Learning Economics.