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# Coherent solutions for the problem of reducing health-care

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Coherent solutions for the problem of reducing health-care costs cannot be found within the current piecemeal (done, made, or accomplished piece by piece or in a fragmentary way *piecemeal reforms in the system*) system of paying these costs. The reason is that this system gives health-care providers and insurers every incentive to shift, wherever possible, the costs of treating illness onto each other or any other party, including the patient. That clearly is the lesson of the various reforms of the 1980s: push in on one part of this pliable spending balloon and an equally expensive bulge pops up elsewhere. For example, when the government health-care insurance program for the poor cut costs by disallowing payments for some visits to physicians, patients with advanced illness later presented themselves at hospital emergency rooms in increased numbers.

7. The argument proceeds by
(A) showing that shifting costs onto the patient contradicts the premise of health-care reimbursement
(B) attributing without justification fraudulent intent to people
(C) employing an analogy to characterize interrelationships
(D) denying the possibility of a solution by disparaging each possible alternative system
(E) demonstrating that cooperation is feasible by citing an instance
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20 Nov 2006, 15:03
Hmm, this is a tough one. I get A just by eliminating others. However am not sure because what "contradicts the premise of health-care reimbursement " is unclear in the passage.
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20 Nov 2006, 17:31
I got C though.
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20 Nov 2006, 17:36
This is a difficult one. A,B, D and E do not address the way argument is presented. There is a "balloon-analogy" so I'll pick C though I'm not 100% sure.
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20 Nov 2006, 19:10
jyotsnasarabu wrote:
Coherent solutions for the problem of reducing health-care costs cannot be found within the current piecemeal (done, made, or accomplished piece by piece or in a fragmentary way *piecemeal reforms in the system*) system of paying these costs. The reason is that this system gives health-care providers and insurers every incentive to shift, wherever possible, the costs of treating illness onto each other or any other party, including the patient. That clearly is the lesson of the various reforms of the 1980s: push in on one part of this pliable spending balloon and an equally expensive bulge pops up elsewhere. For example, when the government health-care insurance program for the poor cut costs by disallowing payments for some visits to physicians, patients with advanced illness later presented themselves at hospital emergency rooms in increased numbers.

7. The argument proceeds by
(A) showing that shifting costs onto the patient contradicts the premise of health-care reimbursement
(B) attributing without justification fraudulent intent to people
(C) employing an analogy (when the government health-care insurance program for the poor cut costs by disallowing payments for some visits to physicians, patients with advanced illness later presented themselves at hospital emergency rooms in increased numbers) to characterize interrelationships (between health-care providers and insurers)
(D) denying the possibility of a solution by disparaging each possible alternative system
(E) demonstrating that cooperation is feasible by citing an instance

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20 Nov 2006, 19:36
B - out of scope. The intent of people is never mentioned.
D - The argument does not deny the possibility of a solution. It just says that the current approach is wrong.
E - This actually goes against the argument. The argument is saying that the various parties are in fact not cooperating (by passing the costs to each other)
A - Eliminating this was tough! The premise of health care reimbursement is never mentioned. The argument focuses on the solution for reducing medical expenses. So Out of scope.

Give me C!
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20 Nov 2006, 23:39
kripalkavi wrote:
B - out of scope. The intent of people is never mentioned.
D - The argument does not deny the possibility of a solution. It just says that the current approach is wrong.
E - This actually goes against the argument. The argument is saying that the various parties are in fact not cooperating (by passing the costs to each other)
A - Eliminating this was tough! The premise of health care reimbursement is never mentioned. The argument focuses on the solution for reducing medical expenses. So Out of scope.

Give me C!

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20 Nov 2006, 23:39
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