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A bold new remedy for the sprawling and wasteful health care industry

Where else but the doctorand#8217;s office do you have toand#160;fill out a form on a clipboard? Have you noticedand#160;that hospital bills are almost unintelligible, exceptand#160;for the absurdly high dollar amount? Why is it thatand#160;technology in other industries drives prices down,and#160;but in health care itand#8217;s the reverse? And why, inand#160;health care, is the customer so often treated as aand#160;mere bystanderand#151;and an ignorant one at that?

The same American medical establishmentand#160;that saves lives and performs wondrous miraclesand#160;is also a $2.7 trillion industry in deep dysfunction.and#160;And now, with the Affordable Care Actand#160;(Obamacare), it is called on to extend full benefitsand#160;to tens of millions of newly insured. You mightand#160;think that this would leave us with a bleak choiceand#151;and#160;either to devote more of our national budget toand#160;health care or to make do with less of it. But thereand#8217;sand#160;another path.

In this provocative book, Jonathan Bush,and#160;cofounder and CEO of athenahealth, calls for aand#160;revolution in health care to give customers moreand#160;choices, freedom, power, and information, andand#160;at far lower prices. With humor and a tell-it-likeit-and#160;is style, he picks up insights and ideas from hisand#160;days as an ambulance driver in New Orleans,and#160;an army medic, and an entrepreneur launching aand#160;birthing start-up in San Diego. In struggling to saveand#160;that dying business, Bushand#8217;s team created a softwareand#160;program that eventually became athenahealth, aand#160;cloud-based services company that handles electronicand#160;medical records, billing, and patient communicationsand#160;for more than fifty thousand medicaland#160;providers nationwide.

Bush calls for disruption of the status quoand#160;through new business models, new payment models,and#160;and new technologies that give patients moreand#160;control of their care and enhance the physicianpatientand#160;experience. He shows how this is alreadyand#160;happening. From birthing centers in Florida toand#160;urgent care centers in West Virginia, upstarts areand#160;disrupting health care by focusing on efficiency,and#160;innovation, and customer service. Bush offers aand#160;vision and plan for change while bringing a breakthroughand#160;perspective to the debates surroundingand#160;Obamacare.

Youand#8217;ll learn how:

and#149; Well-intended government regulations prop upand#160;overpriced incumbents and slow the pace ofand#160;innovation.
and#149; Focused, profit-driven disrupters are chippingand#160;away at the dominance of hospitals by offeringand#160;routine procedures at lower cost.
and#149; Scrappy digital start-ups are equipping providersand#160;and patients with new apps and technologiesand#160;to access medical data and take control of care.
and#149; Making informed choices about the care weand#160;receive and pay for will enable a more humaneand#160;and satisfying health care system to emerge.

Bushand#8217;s plan calls for Americans not only to demandand#160;more from providers but also to accept more responsibilityand#160;for our health, to weigh risks and make hardand#160;choicesand#151;in short, to take back control of an industryand#160;that is central to our lives and our economy.

Synopsis:

A "New York Times"-bestselling author shows how industrialized democracies other than the United States provide health care for their citizens at a reasonable cost.

Synopsis:

In Health Care for Some, Beatrix Hoffman offers an engaging and in-depth look at Americaandrsquo;s long tradition of unequal access to health care. She argues that two main features have characterized the US health system: a refusal to adopt a right to care and a particularly American approach to the rationing of care. Health Care for Some shows that the haphazard way the US system allocates medical servicesandmdash;using income, race, region, insurance coverage, and many other factorsandmdash;is a disorganized, illogical, and powerful form of rationing. And unlike rationing in most countries, which is intended to keep costs down, rationing in the United States has actually led to increased costs, resulting in the most expensive health care system in the world.

While most histories of US health care emphasize failed policy reforms, Health Care for Some looks at the system from the ground up in order to examine how rationing is experienced by ordinary Americans and how experiences of rationing have led to claims for a right to health care. By taking this approach, Hoffman puts a much-needed human face on a topic that is too often dominated by talking heads.

Synopsis:

A New Yorkand#160;Times Bestseller

With an Explanation of the 2010 Healthand#160;Reformand#160;Bill

Bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way, New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid visits industrialized democracies around the world--France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and beyond--to provide a revelatory tour of successful, affordable universal health care systems. Now updated with new statistics and a plain-English explanation of the 2010 health care reform bill, The Healing of America is required reading for all those hoping to understand the state of health care in our country, and around the world.

About the Author

T. R. REID is a longtime correspondent for The Washington Post and former chief of its Tokyo and London bureaus as well as a commentator for National Public Radio. His books include The United States of Europe, The Chip, and Confucius Lives Next Door.

Table of Contents

Introductionand#160;

Rationing and Rights: History and Definitionsand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Prologue: Rights and Rationing before 1930and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Part I: The Struggle for Health Care in the Great Depression

Chapter 1: A Crisis of Accessand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;

Chapter 2: Social Security without Health Securityand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Part II: Prosperity and Exclusion, 1941and#8211;64

Chapter 3: Health Care at Warand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Chapter 4: Rights to Refuse: The Triumph of the Hospitaland#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Chapter 5: Rationing by Coverage: The Rise of Private Health Insuranceand#160;and#160;

Part III: New Entitlements and New Movements, 1965and#8211;80

Chapter 6: Entitlements but Not Rights: Medicare and Medicaidand#160;and#160;and#160;

Chapter 7: The Rise of Health Care Activismand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Part IV: Rights vs. Markets, 1981and#8211;2008

Chapter 8: Emergency Rooms and Epidemicsand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Chapter 9: At the Breaking Pointand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Epilogue: Rights, Rationing, and Reformand#160;

Acknowledgmentsand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Notesand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Glossaryand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Bibliographyand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

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gooser114, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by gooser114)
Reid is able to take the current issue of health care and explain it in a manner that is easy to digest. He discusses his travels through foreign health care systems with his own injured shoulder. By doing this he is able to be a real life example of how each system deviates from the other. Comparing each system illuminates the problems with each. I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the American health care system as well as others. The reader is able to see that there is no truly perfect health care system and that even the most respected systems have flaws that jeopardize the nation. Anyone who wants to gain an educated opinion on this health care debate should read this book.
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ISBN:
9780143118213
Author:
Reid, T R
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Baker, Stephen
Author:
Bush, Jonathan
Author:
Hoffman, Beatrix
Author:
Reid, T. R.
Subject:
Health Policy
Subject:
Health Care Delivery
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Subject:
Insurance, health
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Public Policy
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20100831
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"Synopsis" by , A "New York Times"-bestselling author shows how industrialized democracies other than the United States provide health care for their citizens at a reasonable cost.
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In Health Care for Some, Beatrix Hoffman offers an engaging and in-depth look at Americaandrsquo;s long tradition of unequal access to health care. She argues that two main features have characterized the US health system: a refusal to adopt a right to care and a particularly American approach to the rationing of care. Health Care for Some shows that the haphazard way the US system allocates medical servicesandmdash;using income, race, region, insurance coverage, and many other factorsandmdash;is a disorganized, illogical, and powerful form of rationing. And unlike rationing in most countries, which is intended to keep costs down, rationing in the United States has actually led to increased costs, resulting in the most expensive health care system in the world.

While most histories of US health care emphasize failed policy reforms, Health Care for Some looks at the system from the ground up in order to examine how rationing is experienced by ordinary Americans and how experiences of rationing have led to claims for a right to health care. By taking this approach, Hoffman puts a much-needed human face on a topic that is too often dominated by talking heads.

"Synopsis" by ,
A New Yorkand#160;Times Bestseller

With an Explanation of the 2010 Healthand#160;Reformand#160;Bill

Bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way, New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid visits industrialized democracies around the world--France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and beyond--to provide a revelatory tour of successful, affordable universal health care systems. Now updated with new statistics and a plain-English explanation of the 2010 health care reform bill, The Healing of America is required reading for all those hoping to understand the state of health care in our country, and around the world.

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