Sunday, July 10, 2011

White vs. Skinner at JHPPL on the Dartmouth Atlas

(This is a catch-up post I put up at the Incidental Economist. Some folks may have missed it the first time around.)

I edit a new feature at the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law titled "Point-Counterpoint." In our very first feature, political scientist Joseph White hurls a broadside against the Dartmouth Atlas. Dartmouth’s Jon Skinner, a major investigator in the Atlas efforts, respectfully disagrees. In part this is a specific debate about the Dartmouth Atlas. In part, this is a more fundamental debate about the relative merits and promise of regulating prices and regulating utilization as paths to improving the quality and efficiency of our health care system.

Our next Point-Counterpoint will concern whether to tighten personal belief exemptions for vaccines. Stay tuned.

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