Health Benefits at Work An Economic and Political Analysis of Employment-Based Health Insurance

ISBN-10: 0472086448
ISBN-13: 9780472086443
Edition: N/A
Authors: Mark V. Pauly
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Book details

List price: $33.50
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 6/4/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The majority of Americans receive their health insurance for themselves and their families through their job. The employee pays a portion of the premium but the employer chooses the type and amount of coverage offered as well as administers the plan. This book addresses the question: Who really pays for employer-arranged health insurance? Are premiums paid from company profits or do employees bear the cost through lower wages? Pauly suggests that this confusion has complicated the debate on public policy and needs to be alleviated. This work first shows how views taken by business and political leaders during the Clinton health reform proposal debate were affected by this confusion and did not follow the economic view. It then provides a novel, intuitive, but comprehensive outline of the economic theory that bears on this question. Empirical evidence consistent with the economic view is summarized, and the implications of the view for some important issues in health policy and in practical health benefits management are discussed in detail. Health Benefits at Work explores the political economy of health policy when the stakeholders have an uncertain and possibly incorrect understanding of their actual interests. For the benefits specialist, it provides an accessible treatment of the complex and often counterintuitive economics of health benefits. This will appeal to the health policy community as well as economists and anyone concerned with issues surrounding health insurance in employment settings. "This book is refreshing . . . clean and intuitive; the logic devastating." --Michael A. Morrissey Mark V. Pauly is Professor of Health Care Systems and Insurance and Risk Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mark Pauly is Bendheim Professor, Professor of Health Care Management, Professor of Business and Public Policy, Professor of Insurance and Risk Management, and Professor of Economics at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Introduction and Purpose of This Book
Who Pays When the Employer Pays for Health Insurance? How Employers and Economists Disagree
The Economics of Employer-Paid Benefits
Employer Payment Incidence and Health Policy
Using a Total Compensation Approach for Wage and Benefits Planning
The Macroeconomics of Medical Benefits
How Business Looks at Health Benefits Incidence and Reform
Conclusion: Toward Optimal Health Benefits Policy, Public and Private
References
Index

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