Uncertainty and the welfare economics of medical care: An Austrian rebuttal Part 2
Gilbert Berdine MD
Part 2 of this 3 part series continues a rebuttal to Kenneth Arrow’s famous argument that health care is special and free market economic principles do not apply. The rebuttal is based on concepts of Austrian Economics. Part 1 of the series framed the debate and discussed general concepts. Part 2 discusses specific examples of how health care is special and does not behave according to market principles. Uncertainty of demand and uncertainty of outcome are discussed in detail. Information asymmetry is a special form of uncertainty that Kenneth Arrow claimed was somewhat unique to health care. Free market solutions to these problems are discussed in general with specific examples provided. The conclusions are that free market insurance (as opposed to subsidy) handles uncertainty of demand, branding handles uncertainty of outcome, and the free market for specialized information handles information asymmetry.
Keywords: health care economics, free market, information asymmetry
Article citation: Berdine G. Uncertainty and the welfare economics of medical care: an Austrian rebuttal: Part 2. The Southwest Respiratory and Critical Care Chronicles 2017;5(17):63-67
From: Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX
Corresponding author: Gilbert Berdine at firstname.lastname@example.org
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