Another Monday brings us another roundup of the new books on the NAP website in the past week. As always, any books that have Free PDFs are labeled as such below.
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It has become trite to observe that increases in health care costs have become unsustainable. How best for policy to address these increases, however, depends in part on the degree to which they represent increases in the real quantity of medical services as opposed to increased unit prices of existing services. And an even more fundamental question is the degree to which the increased spending actually has purchased improved health.
Accounting for Health and Health Care addresses both these issues. The government agencies responsible for measuring unit prices for medical services have taken steps in recent years that have greatly improved the accuracy of those measures. Nonetheless, this book has several recommendations aimed at further improving the price indices.
All New Publications This Week
Conducting Biosocial Surveys: Collecting, Storing, Accessing, and Protecting Biospecimens and Biodata (prepublication)
Waste Forms Technology and Performance: Interim Report (final)
Provision of Mental Health Counseling Services Under TRICARE (final)
Defending Planet Earth: Near-Earth Object Surveys and Hazard Mitigation Strategies: Final Report (final)
Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences (final)
NOAA’s Education Program: Review and Critique (final)
Evaluation of Biomarkers and Surrogate Endpoints in Chronic Disease (final)