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Manage Your Money Like A F*cking Grownup - The Best Money Advice You Never Got (Paperback): Sam Beckbessinger Manage Your Money Like A F*cking Grownup - The Best Money Advice You Never Got (Paperback)
Sam Beckbessinger 3
R220 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R44 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In this clear and engaging basic guide to managing your finances, Sam Beckbessinger covers topics from compound interest and inflation to “Your brain on money”, negotiating a raise, and particularly local South African phenomena like “black tax”.

The book includes exercises and “how-to’s”, doesn’t shy away from the psychology of money, and is empowering, humorous and helpful.

The book you wish you’d had at 25, but is never too late to read.

Smart Woman - How To Gain Financial Independence And Create Wealth (Paperback): Sylvia Walker Smart Woman - How To Gain Financial Independence And Create Wealth (Paperback)
Sylvia Walker 5
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

While some women seem to excel at making their money work for them, others battle from pay day to pay day. With this book, we tap into what these ‘smart women’ know that the rest of us can learn from.

Smart Woman will provide the necessary insights into how our personal view of money impacts on our financial behaviour and decisions; reveal who is competing for our money (retailers, online marketers, etc.); and look at why it is so hard to find money to invest (the first step to getting rich is having money to invest – money makes money). It also covers how major life events, such as marriage and divorce, impact on us and how we can make smart financial decisions at these times.

Smart Woman will show the reader how she can take control of her financial life by spending smarter, tackling debt and setting goals. It explains how money is made and how the financial markets work, as well as the universal principles behind growing wealth, irrespective of where one invests.

A must-read for every woman, at any age, who is serious about building wealth and obtaining financial independence.

My Money - A Financial Planning Guide For Ordinary People (Paperback): Gerald C. Mwandiambira My Money - A Financial Planning Guide For Ordinary People (Paperback)
Gerald C. Mwandiambira 3
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Money is a tool that we can all master. You choose to either be a ‘Money Slave’ or a ‘Money Master’. My Money is a practical, easy to read, personal finance book - a guide that will help many South Africans begin to create wealth and not fear the subject of personal financial planning.

A treasure trove of useful advice and tips, this book is essential reading to gain a basic understanding of money mechanics. A guide to help you find your confidence, and see money as it really is - a tool that anyone can use. With a chapter dedicated to almost every financial situation we face in our lives, My Money will become your go-to book that will help you unlock your financial potential and gain control of your financial affairs.

You, too, have the potential to become a ‘Money Master’.

Financial Mathematics - A Computational Approach (Paperback, 2nd Edition): K. Pereira, N. Modhien, K. Hunt Financial Mathematics - A Computational Approach (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
K. Pereira, N. Modhien, K. Hunt
R244 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R29 (12%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

This book introduces the fundamentals of financial mathematics.

It begins with a discussion of simple and compound interest and then establishes the important concepts of effective and equivalent effective interest rates. Subsequent chapters discuss the applications of annuities to practical problems regarding the saving of money and repayment of loans. The notion of using net present value and internal rate of return to distinguish between two different investment opportunities is presented.

The concluding chapters of the book take a brief look at the use of differential and integral calculus in financial mathematics. Each chapter includes numerous worked examples that are solved with the aid of a financial calculator where applicable.

Personal Financial Management - The Southern African Guide to Personal Financial Planning (Paperback, 4th Edition): Swart Nico Personal Financial Management - The Southern African Guide to Personal Financial Planning (Paperback, 4th Edition)
Swart Nico 2
R650 R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Save R95 (15%) In stock

Personal Financial Management provides an excellent and holistic structure for planning and managing your personal finances.

Everything you need to know in order to make informed decisions about any and every aspect of your finances is contained in the nine key personal financial planning areas: career, income tax, estate, investment, protection, credit, healthcare, retirement and emigration planning.

Ultimately, we all hope for financial independence after retirement, and how you plan and manage your finances in any one of these key areas can have far-reaching positive or negative implications for your future.

Public Economics (Paperback, 6th Revised edition): Philip Black, Estian Calitz, Tjaart Steenkamp Public Economics (Paperback, 6th Revised edition)
Philip Black, Estian Calitz, Tjaart Steenkamp
R624 R560 Discovery Miles 5 600 Save R64 (10%) Ships in 6 - 10 working days

How does globalisation impact on a developing country like South Africa? How do patterns of taxation in industrialised countries and developing countries differ? How does tax efficiency affect service delivery? Public Economics 6e is a southern African text on the subject, written by well-respected and well-known South African experts. Dealing with current issues such as social security and health care, the textbook demonstrates how public economic theory is relevant to the real-world context. Cross-references to and examples from countries making up the southern African region are made throughout the text in view of the increased interaction and economic cooperation between these countries. Public Economics sixth edition equips senior undergraduate and postgraduate students with basic analytic skills to demonstrate the application of these to practical issues.

Manage Your Money Like A Grownup - The Best Money Advice For Teens (Paperback): Sam Beckbessinger Manage Your Money Like A Grownup - The Best Money Advice For Teens (Paperback)
Sam Beckbessinger
R160 R110 Discovery Miles 1 100 Save R50 (31%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Don’t you wish you’d started saving and investing when you were younger? Well, this is the book that aims to get kids thinking about the basics of money, and lay the solid foundation in financial education that most of us never had. Featuring playful illustrations, jokes, and fun facts designed to appeal to even the most easilybored youngster, Manage Your Money Like a Grownup: The best money advice for teens covers all the basics South African kids and teens need to know, like:

- The relationship between earning, saving and spending;
- How investing works;
- Why compound interest is a superpower;
- Why we pay taxes; and
- The ethics of money.

Informed by conversations with real kids and their parents, this book aims to equip kids with practical tips for earning and investing money at any age, and questions for kids to torture their parents with to spark lively dinner-table conversations.

Student's Guide To The VAT Act 2020 (Paperback): Student's Guide To The VAT Act 2020 (Paperback)
R441 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R35 (8%) In stock
Public Economics (Paperback, 7th ed): E. Calitz, T. Steenekamp, K. Siebrits Public Economics (Paperback, 7th ed)
E. Calitz, T. Steenekamp, K. Siebrits
R599 R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 Save R60 (10%) Ships in 6 - 10 working days

Public Economics 7e is a southern African textbook on the subject, written by well-respected South African experts. Dealing with current issues such as social security and health care, the textbook demonstrates how public economic theory is relevant to the real-world context. Cross-references to, and examples from countries making up the southern African region are made throughout the text, in view of the increased interaction and economic cooperation between these countries. The new edition of Public Economics equips senior undergraduate and postgraduate students with the basic analytical skills and demonstrates how these skills can be applied to practical issues. New to this edition: New information on allocative efficiency, imperfect competition and regulation that deals with natural monopoly pricing, competitive restructuring, privatisation and types of regulation; Separate chapters on personal income tax and on the taxation of companies, which includes foci on capital gains taxation, small businesses, the informal sector, tax gap analysis, compliance and tax reforms; Special attention to different views on fiscal policy and the requirements of public debt sustainability.

Between Debt and the Devil - Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance (Paperback, Revised edition): Adair Turner Between Debt and the Devil - Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance (Paperback, Revised edition)
Adair Turner; Afterword by Adair Turner
R478 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R133 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Adair Turner became chairman of Britain's Financial Services Authority just as the global financial crisis struck in 2008, and he played a leading role in redesigning global financial regulation. In this eye-opening book, he sets the record straight about what really caused the crisis. It didn't happen because banks are too big to fail--our addiction to private debt is to blame. Between Debt and the Devil challenges the belief that we need credit growth to fuel economic growth, and that rising debt is okay as long as inflation remains low. In fact, most credit is not needed for economic growth--but it drives real estate booms and busts and leads to financial crisis and depression. Turner explains why public policy needs to manage the growth and allocation of credit creation, and why debt needs to be taxed as a form of economic pollution. Banks need far more capital, real estate lending must be restricted, and we need to tackle inequality and mitigate the relentless rise of real estate prices. Turner also debunks the big myth about fiat money--the erroneous notion that printing money will lead to harmful inflation. To escape the mess created by past policy errors, we sometimes need to monetize government debt and finance fiscal deficits with central-bank money. Between Debt and the Devil shows why we need to reject the assumptions that private credit is essential to growth and fiat money is inevitably dangerous. Each has its advantages, and each creates risks that public policy must consciously balance.

Priced Out - The Economic and Ethical Costs of American Health Care (Paperback): Uwe E Reinhardt Priced Out - The Economic and Ethical Costs of American Health Care (Paperback)
Uwe E Reinhardt; Foreword by Paul Krugman, Sen William H Frist; Epilogue by Tsung-Mei Cheng
R419 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From a giant of health care policy, an engaging and enlightening account of why American health care is so expensive-and why it doesn't have to be Uwe Reinhardt was a towering figure and moral conscience of health care policy in the United States and beyond. Famously bipartisan, he advised presidents and Congress on health reform and originated central features of the Affordable Care Act. In Priced Out, Reinhardt offers an engaging and enlightening account of the U.S. health care system, explaining why it costs so much more and delivers so much less than the systems of every other advanced country, why this situation is morally indefensible, and how we might improve it. Drawing on the best evidence, he guides readers through the chaotic, secretive, and inefficient way America pays for health care, dispelling the confusion, ignorance, myths, and misinformation that hinder effective reform.

ACCA Taxation FA2019 - Study Text (Paperback): BPP Learning Media ACCA Taxation FA2019 - Study Text (Paperback)
BPP Learning Media
R1,009 R957 Discovery Miles 9 570 Save R52 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

BPP Learning Media is an ACCA approved content provider. Our suite of study tools will provide you with all the accurate and up-to-date material you need for exam success.

Public financial management (Paperback): J.S.H. Gildenhuys Public financial management (Paperback)
J.S.H. Gildenhuys
R715 R611 Discovery Miles 6 110 Save R104 (15%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

This book was born of a demand from academics, practitioners and students for an authoritative work on the subject of financial management with a South African background and covers all aspects of finance, both at central and local government level. The approach followed is normative/descriptive, and the content is presented in a universally applicable manner.;Experts in the field will find the work indispensable, and members of municipal councils and legislative authorities, officials and members of the public who take an interest in central and local government affairs, will find it most instructive.

Handbook of Debt Management (Hardcover): Gerald J. Miller Handbook of Debt Management (Hardcover)
Gerald J. Miller
R7,319 Discovery Miles 73 190 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Examining various methods of debt management used in the US., Handbook of Debt Management, provides a comprehensive analysis of securities offered for sale by municipalities, states, and the federal government. The book covers laws regarding municipal bonds, the economic choice between debt and taxes and the tax-exempt status of municipal bond owners, capital budgeting, including state and local government practices, developing governmental and intergovernmental debt policies, pay-as-you-go with debt financing for capital projects, US Internal Revenue Service regulations on arbitrage in state and local government debt proceeds investment, US treasury auctions, and more.

Why Not Default? - The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt (Hardcover): Jerome E. Roos Why Not Default? - The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt (Hardcover)
Jerome E. Roos
R961 R750 Discovery Miles 7 500 Save R211 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How creditors came to wield unprecedented power over heavily indebted countries-and the dangers this poses to democracy The European debt crisis has rekindled long-standing debates about the power of finance and the fraught relationship between capitalism and democracy in a globalized world. Why Not Default? unravels a striking puzzle at the heart of these debates-why, despite frequent crises and the immense costs of repayment, do so many heavily indebted countries continue to service their international debts? In this compelling and incisive book, Jerome Roos provides a sweeping investigation of the political economy of sovereign debt and international crisis management. He takes readers from the rise of public borrowing in the Italian city-states to the gunboat diplomacy of the imperialist era and the wave of sovereign defaults during the Great Depression. He vividly describes the debt crises of developing countries in the 1980s and 1990s and sheds new light on the recent turmoil inside the Eurozone-including the dramatic capitulation of Greece's short-lived anti-austerity government to its European creditors in 2015. Drawing on in-depth case studies of contemporary debt crises in Mexico, Argentina, and Greece, Why Not Default? paints a disconcerting picture of the ascendancy of global finance. This important book shows how the profound transformation of the capitalist world economy over the past four decades has endowed private and official creditors with unprecedented structural power over heavily indebted borrowers, enabling them to impose painful austerity measures and enforce uninterrupted debt service during times of crisis-with devastating social consequences and far-reaching implications for democracy.

Public Finance and Public Policy - A Political Economy Perspective on the Responsibilities and Limitations of Government... Public Finance and Public Policy - A Political Economy Perspective on the Responsibilities and Limitations of Government (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Arye L. Hillman
R1,605 R1,386 Discovery Miles 13 860 Save R219 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This new edition restructures and updates the political economy view of the responsibilities and limitations of government. Public-choice and behavioural concepts are prominent. Gender issues are included. Technical concepts are explained from first principles. Economic theory is rigorously applied. Excessive technicality is avoided. The book integrates traditional public finance topics - taxation, public goods, externalities, and income redistribution - with political self-interest, bureaucracy, voting, rent seeking, corruption, and the common-pool problem of public spending. Social justice is viewed as income equality, equality of opportunity, or the right to benefit from one's own effort. Public policies studied include the environment, education, health insurance, welfare payments and entitlements under moral hazard, unemployment insurance, paternalistic impositions, and defence and public safety. This book is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses that combine economic theory with a real-world perspective on the politics of public finance and public policy. A broad scope makes the book suitable for students in all countries.

Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy - An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity (Paperback): Joseph E. Stiglitz Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy - An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity (Paperback)
Joseph E. Stiglitz
R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Inequality is a choice. The United States bills itself as the land of opportunity, a place where anyone can achieve success and a better life through hard work and determination. But the facts tell a different story-the U.S. today lags behind most other developed nations in measures of inequality and economic mobility. For decades, wages have stagnated for the majority of workers while economic gains have disproportionately gone to the top one percent. Education, housing and health care-essential ingredients for individual success-are growing ever more expensive. Deeply rooted structural discrimination continues to hold down women and people of colour, and more than one-fifth of all American children now live in poverty. These trends are on track to become even worse in the future. Some economists claim that today's bleak conditions are inevitable consequences of market outcomes, globalisation and technological progress. If we want greater equality, they argue, we have to sacrifice growth. This is simply not true. American inequality is the result of misguided structural rules that actually constrict economic growth. We have stripped away worker protections and family support systems, created a tax system that rewards short-term gains over long-term investment, offered a de facto public safety net to too-big-to-fail financial institutions, and chosen monetary and fiscal policies that promote wealth over full employment.

Patient Capital - The Challenges and Promises of Long-Term Investing (Hardcover): Victoria Ivashina, Josh Lerner Patient Capital - The Challenges and Promises of Long-Term Investing (Hardcover)
Victoria Ivashina, Josh Lerner
R772 R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Save R211 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How to overcome barriers to the long-term investments that are essential for solving the world's biggest problems There has never been a greater need for long-term investments to tackle the world's most difficult problems, such as climate change and decaying infrastructure. And it is increasingly unlikely that the public sector will be willing or able to fill this gap. If these critical needs are to be met, the major pools of long-term, patient capital-including pensions, sovereign wealth funds, university endowments, and wealthy individuals and families-will have to play a large role. In this accessible and authoritative account of long-term capital investment, two leading experts on the subject, Harvard Business School professors Victoria Ivashina and Josh Lerner, highlight the significant hurdles facing long-term investors and propose concrete ways to overcome these difficulties. Presenting the best evidence in an engaging way by using memorable stories and examples, Patient Capital describes how large investors increasingly want and need long-run investments that have the potential to deliver greater returns than those in the public markets. Yet success in such investments has been the exception. Performance has suffered from both the limitations of investors and the internal structure of their fund managers, often resulting in the wrong incentives and a lack of long-term planning. Yet the challenges facing long-term investors can be surmounted and the rewards are potentially large, both for investors and society as a whole. Patient Capital shows how to make long-term investment work better for everyone.

Bank Job (Paperback): Hilary Powell, Daniel Edelstyn Bank Job (Paperback)
Hilary Powell, Daniel Edelstyn
R414 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Art hacks life when two filmmakers manage to cancel more than GBP1m of high-interest debt from their local community. Bank Job is a white-knuckle ride into the dark heart of our financial system, in which filmmaker and artist duo Hilary Powell and Dan Edelstyn risk their sanity to buy up and abolish debt by printing their own money in a disused bank in Walthamstow, London. Tired of struggling in an economic system that leaves creative people on the fringes, the duo weave a different story, both risky and empowering, of self-education and mutual action. Behind the opaque language and defunct diagrams, they find a system flawed by design but ripe for hacking. This is the inspiring story of how they listen and act upon the widespread desire to change the system to meet the needs of many and not just the few. And for those among us brave enough, they show how we can do this too in our own communities one bank job at a time.

Doing More with Less 2nd edition - Measuring, Analyzing and Improving Performance in the Not-For-Profit and Government Sectors... Doing More with Less 2nd edition - Measuring, Analyzing and Improving Performance in the Not-For-Profit and Government Sectors (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2014)
B. Marr, J. Creelman
R965 R835 Discovery Miles 8 350 Save R130 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Public sector organizations are in one of the most challenging environments they have ever had to face as they bear much of the cost of the recession. More than ever before, public sector leaders need to instil strong performance improvement disciplines into their organizations that enable these leaders to fully understand: key outcomes and priority deliverables, how to allocate reduced financial resources and where to reduce costs and improve efficiencies without jeopardizing service delivery.
Written in an accessible and practical style, this fully-updated second edition addresses the efficiency drive using models, tools and ideas more commonly found in the corporate world, such as balanced scorecard and Lean. It also includes new case studies and real-life examples, from Audit Scotland, Belfast City Council, Brisbane City Council, City of Charlotte, Civil Service College (Singapore) FBI, NHS, Ministry of Works (Bahrain), Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the US Postal Service.

Financial Exposure - Carl Levin's Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Elise J. Bean Financial Exposure - Carl Levin's Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Elise J. Bean
R1,064 R929 Discovery Miles 9 290 Save R135 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

At a time when Congressional investigations have taken on added importance and urgency in American politics, this book offers readers a rare, insider's portrait of the world of US Congressional oversight. It examines specific oversight investigations into multiple financial and offshore tax scandals over fifteen years, from 1999 to 2014, when Senator Levin served in a leadership role on the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), the Senate's premier investigative body. Despite mounting levels of partisanship, dysfunction, and cynicism swirling through Congress during those years, this book describes how Congressional oversight investigations can be a powerful tool for uncovering facts, building bipartisan consensus, and fostering change, offering detailed case histories as proof. Grounded in fact, and written as only an insider could tell it, this book will be of interest to financial and tax practitioners, policymakers, academics, students, and the general public.

American Default - The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold (Hardcover): Sebastian Edwards American Default - The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold (Hardcover)
Sebastian Edwards
R813 R614 Discovery Miles 6 140 Save R199 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The untold story of how FDR did the unthinkable to save the American economy The American economy is strong in large part because nobody believes that America would ever default on its debt. Yet in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt did just that, when in a bid to pull the country out of depression, he depreciated the U.S. dollar in relation to gold, effectively annulling all debt contracts. American Default is the story of this forgotten chapter in America's history. Sebastian Edwards provides a compelling account of the economic and legal drama that embroiled a nation already reeling from global financial collapse. It began on April 5, 1933, when FDR ordered Americans to sell all their gold holdings to the government. This was followed by the abandonment of the gold standard, the unilateral and retroactive rewriting of contracts, and the devaluation of the dollar. Anyone who held public and private debt suddenly saw its value reduced by nearly half, and debtors--including the U.S. government-suddenly owed their creditors far less. Revaluing the dollar imposed a hefty loss on investors and savers, many of them middle-class American families. The banks fought back, and a bitter battle for gold ensued. In early 1935, the case went to the Supreme Court. Edwards describes FDR's rancorous clashes with conservative Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, a confrontation that threatened to finish the New Deal for good-and that led to FDR's attempt to pack the court in 1937. At a time when several major economies never approached the brink of default or devaluing or recalling currencies, American Default is a timely account of a little-known yet drastic experiment with these policies, the inevitable backlash, and the ultimate result.

Master Your Finances - The Art Of Building Wealth (Paperback): Caroline Marwisa Master Your Finances - The Art Of Building Wealth (Paperback)
Caroline Marwisa
R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Ships in 20 - 25 working days

Master Your Finances will transform your financial life by demystifying the complexities around wealth creation opening the individual up to possibilities and suggesting practical ways of beginning a successful financial journey.

The book aims to achieve awareness to the mechanics of finances, provide awareness to human behaviour and how this impacts on financial net worth. It also provide options for the individual to feel empowered to take charge of their own finances and design and implement a strategy to obtain the desired results!

Content include:

  • It’s not just about money, it’s about life
  • Taking ownership of your finances
  • Your net worth
  • What you own
  • What you owe - Understanding debt
  • Dealing with over-indebtedness
  • What you earn
  • What you spend
  • Pulling it all together
  • Having a map and a mirror

This book reveals the basic insights on managing your finances and wealth. These insights, if applied appropriately can lead to financial freedom.

Doing Business in Cameroon - An Anatomy of Economic Governance (Hardcover): Jose Maria Munoz Doing Business in Cameroon - An Anatomy of Economic Governance (Hardcover)
Jose Maria Munoz
R2,022 R1,879 Discovery Miles 18 790 Save R143 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the mid-1980s to the early 2000s, images of crisis and reform dominated talk of Cameroon's economy. Doing Business in Cameroon examines the aftermath of that period of turbulence and unpredictability in the northern city of Ngaoundere. Taking the everyday encounters between business actors and state bureaucrats as its point of departure, the book vividly illustrates the backstage and interconnected dynamics of four different sectors (cattle trade, trucking, public contracting, and NGO work). Drawing on his training in law and social anthropology, the author is able to clarify intricate policy dynamics and abstruse legal developments for readers. A widespread picture emerges of actors grappling with the long-term implications of selective or suspended enforcement of legal rules. The book deftly illuminates a set of shifting configurations in which economic outcomes like monetary gains or the circulation of goods are achieved by foregoing the possibility of relying on or complying with the law.

Priced Out - The Economic and Ethical Costs of American Health Care (Hardcover): Uwe E Reinhardt Priced Out - The Economic and Ethical Costs of American Health Care (Hardcover)
Uwe E Reinhardt; Foreword by Paul Krugman, Sen William H Frist; Epilogue by Tsung-Mei Cheng
R617 R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Save R121 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From a giant of health care policy, an engaging and enlightening account of why American health care is so expensive-and why it doesn't have to be Uwe Reinhardt was a towering figure and moral conscience of health care policy in the United States and beyond. Famously bipartisan, he advised presidents and Congress on health reform and originated central features of the Affordable Care Act. In Priced Out, Reinhardt offers an engaging and enlightening account of today's U.S. health care system, explaining why it costs so much more and delivers so much less than the systems of every other advanced country, why this situation is morally indefensible, and how we might improve it. The problem, Reinhardt says, is not one of economics but of social ethics. There is no American political consensus on a fundamental question other countries settled long ago: to what extent should we be our brothers' and sisters' keepers when it comes to health care? Drawing on the best evidence, he guides readers through the chaotic, secretive, and inefficient way America finances health care, and he offers a penetrating ethical analysis of recent reform proposals. At this point, he argues, the United States appears to have three stark choices: the government can make the rich help pay for the health care of the poor, ration care by income, or control costs. Reinhardt proposes an alternative path: that by age 26 all Americans must choose either to join an insurance arrangement with community-rated premiums, or take a chance on being uninsured or relying on a health insurance market that charges premiums based on health status. An incisive look at the American health care system, Priced Out dispels the confusion, ignorance, myths, and misinformation that hinder effective reform.

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