Simply put: Introduction

I’ve been challenged by Aaron to put basic concepts that underlie our health system into simple terms that everyone can understand. I think this is a great idea. It’ll test my understanding of ideas from health economics and my ability to strip away the math and jargon while retaining conceptual accuracy. (This was an implicit challenge, but I’ll take it up anyway.)

The first question is: what are the concepts? I can think of some off the top of my head (listed below). But I’ll bet you can think of many I’ve overlooked. As you request them, I’ll add them to the list below. When I have time I’ll put out a “Simply put” post. I’d like to say I’ll do one per week, but I shouldn’t make an explicit commitment.

The following will also serve as an index. I’ll come back here and hyperlink the list items to posts.

Please put your suggestions in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. Anything is fair game, so long as it is a basic concept. Think of the key words that get tossed around. What must an individual know in order to fully understand the health policy debate?

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