Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Type


Director of Thesis

Dr. Robert Rhinehart

First Reader

Dr. George Handy

Second Reader

Dr. George Handy


The modern landscape of the U.S. healthcare economy is a culmination of many decades of debate and growth. The system of health insurance coverage in the United States allows millions of Americans to participate in the delivery and access to care, while keeping millions out. Health insurance coverage, the availability of pharmaceuticals, and hospital billing practices are factors that affect the level of access to care. Healthcare has developed into a complex system with various stakeholders who act on their own incentives. Encouraging rational pricing for health care services is an important step toward ensuring access to care for everyone (Dusetzina, Basch, & Keating, 2015).

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