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The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Lessby Elizabeth Bradley
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Foreword by Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine
For decades, experts have puzzled over why the US spends more on health care but suffers poorer outcomes than other industrialized nations. Now Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor marshal extensive research, including a comparative study of health care data from thirty countries, and get to the root of this paradox: Weve left out of our tally the most impactful expenditures countries make to improve the health of their populations—investments in social services.
In The American Health Care Paradox, Bradley and Taylor illuminate how narrow definitions of health care,” archaic divisions in the distribution of health and social services, and our allergy to government programs combine to create needless suffering in individual lives, even as health care spending continues to soar. They show us how and why the US health care system” developed as it did; examine the constraints on, and possibilities for, reform; and profile inspiring new initiatives from around the world.
Offering a unique and clarifying perspective on the problems the Affordable Care Act wont solve, this book also points a new way forward.
"Bradley, faculty director of Yale University's Global Health Leadership Institute, and Taylor, the institute's former program manager, contrast American healthcare models with the much more successful models in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The Scandinavian model, a dramatically more holistic approach envisioning citizen health as inextricably linked to national welfare, views greater spending on housing, education, employment, and nutrition as necessary components of healthcare outcomes, resulting in less overall spending with far greater results. The authors assemble an expansive study of representatives from the health-care and social sectors, including hospital administrators, social workers, physicians, police, emergency service personnel, nurses, educators, and pharmacists to demonstrate the need for integration between medicine and social welfare in the U.S. The disconnect between social services and health care, and the deeper historical schism between public and private interests, emerges as the reason why the U.S., which ranks first in healthcare spending, is mired in disappointing health outcomes. Admirably presented as an apolitical examination of an urgent situation, Bradley and Taylor's carefully researched and lucidly reported findings, including innovative approaches in Connecticut, Oregon, and California, offer what appears to be an easily rendered fix, but their equally striking depiction of uniquely American hostility to government involvement in private matters, exposes a daunting uphill battle." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Why, when the U.S. spends more money on medical care for its citizens than any other country, are Americans getting sicker and dying younger? The director and program manager of the Global Health Leadership Institute at the Yale School of Public Health provide provocative answers for the post-Obamacare era.
About the Author
Elizabeth H. Bradley is professor of public health at Yale University, faculty director of its Global Health Leadership Institute, and master at Branford College. The recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant, she was previously director of the health management program and co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale and served as hospital administrator at Massachusetts General Hospital. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Lauren A. Taylor studies public health and medical ethics at Harvard Divinity School, where she is a presidential scholar. She was formerly a program manager at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, where she led a research team in building a model for scaling up public health innovations for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She completed a masters in public health at Yale University in 2009. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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