Health, Government, and Irving Fisher

  title={Health, Government, and Irving Fisher},
  author={Victor R. Fuchs},
  journal={Health Economics},
  • V. Fuchs
  • Published 1 August 1998
  • Political Science, Medicine
  • Health Economics
This paper provides a few historical notes on government involvement in health, followed by a summary of the theoretical arguments that economists offer in its support. Irving Fisher's views and recommendations about health are examined in the light of today's perceptions concerning health, health economics, and health policy. The wide variety of roles that the U.S. and other governments currently play in health is reviewed and the ability of economics to explain these roles is assessed. The… 

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