A thorough economic analysis of the health care system in the United States is complex, not because special theories are needed, but because health care is the most regulated and most politicized sector of our economy. It takes considerable understanding of economics, medical care, politics, ethics, and emotions before anyone can obtain a unified view of health care. Our book, Patient Power, is a synthesis of those aspects. This abridged volume is a condensation of that synthesis. The thesis of this book is simple: if we want to solve the nation's health care crisis, we must apply the same commonsense principles to medical care that we apply to other goods and services.