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Health Care Reform Now!: A Prescription for Change

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The United States spends more money on health care by far than any other country and yet nearly 50,000,000 Americans are uninsured at least part of the time each year.

Health Care Reform Now! is written for anyone who cares enough about our health care situation to consider serious alternatives to the current system.

In this book George Halvorson—an internationally known health care leader and author—offers a sensible approach to health care reform and universal coverage that can work for all stakeholders.

Step by step, George Halvorson outlines a game plan for a truly world-class health care system that will appeal to policy makers on both ends of the political spectrum and will deliver health care with improved quality, better access, provider accountability, performance transparency, consumer choice, and individual empowerment.

As readable as it is instructive, Health Care Reform Now! proposes a practical model that solves the unsolvable by identifying specific areas where health care performance can create better outcomes, better choices, and far better use of the health care dollar. Halvorson explains why "reform" itself needs to be a "product" rather than just a concept. He also explains why quick action is essential and how using the right tools—the focus on real costs

and the use of real data and better caregiver support systems—can make universal coverage easy to administer, efficient, affordable, and "free" in three years—compared to what the total cost of care would be without universal coverage.

Book News Annotation:

The US does not really have a health care delivery system, says the chairman and chief officer of Kaiser Foundation, but a mass of uncoordinated and economically segregated micro-systems that often perform sub-optimally for the overall health care system and for individual patients. He sets out one possible direction for health care reform. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

An approach to health care reform that can work for everyone

This book is for everyone who cares enough about our health care situation to consider serious alternatives to the current system. George Halvorson, an internationally known health care leader and author, provides a game plan for policymakers on both ends of the political spectrum who want to create a truly world-class health care system. He explains why health care reform must be based on improved quality, better access, and consumer empowerment. Simultaneously passionate and rational, the book details a model that solves the unsolvable by simplifying and streamlining our health care system in a way that works for patients, doctors, nurses, payers, and those who legislate policy.

George Halvorson (Alameda, CA) is Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals in Oakland, California.

Synopsis:

The United States spends more money on health care by far than any other country and yet nearly 50,000,000 Americans are uninsured at least part of the time each year.

Health Care Reform Now!is written for anyone who cares enough about our health care situation to consider serious alternatives to the current system.

In this book George Halvorson—an internationally known health care leader and author—offers a sensible approach to health care reform and universal coverage that can work for all stakeholders.

Step by step, George Halvorson outlines a game plan for a truly world-class health care system that will appeal to policy makers on both ends of the political spectrum and will deliver health care with improved quality, better access, provider accountability, performance transparency, consumer choice, and individual empowerment.

Synopsis:

"We don't really have a health care delivery system in this country. We have an expensive plethora of uncoordinated, unlinked, economically segregated, operationally limited micro systems, each performing in ways that too often create suboptimal performance both for the overall health care infrastructure and for individual patients."

—from the Introduction

Praise for Health Care Reform Now!

"George Halvorson convincingly argues that the United States finally has what it needs to make universal coverage a reality and lays out a plan to get us there. It should be required reading on Capitol Hill."

Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA), chairman, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee

"George Halvorson's timing couldn't be better. This is a book that everyone who is searching for solutions should read."

Helen Darling, president, National Business Group on Health

"Halvorson's comprehensive approach, rooted in a practical understanding of the complexities of American health care, helps us focus on what matters."

Ian Morrison, Ph.D., health care futurist and author, Health Care in the New Millennium

"This book is powerful and compelling. It's just the right book for this time."

Jeffrey C. McGuiness, president, HR Policy Association

About the Author

George Halvorson, is chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Oakland, California. He was president and CEO of HealthPartners in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the coauthor of Epidemic of Care and author of Strong Medicine.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

The Author.

1. A Few Hard but Useful Truths.

2. Data: The Missing Link for Health Care Reform.

3. What Do We Do Until the E mr Arrives?

4. Basic Steps to Improve Care for Chronic Disease Patients.

5. Eight Developments That Finally Make Health Care Reform Possible.

6. Making the Market Work for Health Care.

7. A New Idea: The Infrastructure Vendor.

8. Who Should We Hire to Reform Our Health Care Infrastructure?

9. Next Steps and Expectations.

10. Cost Shift Realities.

11. Universal Coverage Now!

12. So What Should We Do Now?

Notes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787997526
Author:
Halvorson, George C
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Author:
Halvorson, George C.
Subject:
Public Health
Subject:
Health Care Issues
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Insurance, health
Subject:
Insurance
Subject:
Health Care Delivery
Subject:
Economics
Subject:
Medical economics -- United States.
Subject:
Health insurance -- United States.
Subject:
Health care administration
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Copyright:
Publication Date:
August 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
235 x 160 x 31 mm 20.96 oz

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"Synopsis" by , An approach to health care reform that can work for everyone

This book is for everyone who cares enough about our health care situation to consider serious alternatives to the current system. George Halvorson, an internationally known health care leader and author, provides a game plan for policymakers on both ends of the political spectrum who want to create a truly world-class health care system. He explains why health care reform must be based on improved quality, better access, and consumer empowerment. Simultaneously passionate and rational, the book details a model that solves the unsolvable by simplifying and streamlining our health care system in a way that works for patients, doctors, nurses, payers, and those who legislate policy.

George Halvorson (Alameda, CA) is Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals in Oakland, California.

"Synopsis" by , The United States spends more money on health care by far than any other country and yet nearly 50,000,000 Americans are uninsured at least part of the time each year.

Health Care Reform Now!is written for anyone who cares enough about our health care situation to consider serious alternatives to the current system.

In this book George Halvorson—an internationally known health care leader and author—offers a sensible approach to health care reform and universal coverage that can work for all stakeholders.

Step by step, George Halvorson outlines a game plan for a truly world-class health care system that will appeal to policy makers on both ends of the political spectrum and will deliver health care with improved quality, better access, provider accountability, performance transparency, consumer choice, and individual empowerment.

"Synopsis" by , "We don't really have a health care delivery system in this country. We have an expensive plethora of uncoordinated, unlinked, economically segregated, operationally limited micro systems, each performing in ways that too often create suboptimal performance both for the overall health care infrastructure and for individual patients."

—from the Introduction

Praise for Health Care Reform Now!

"George Halvorson convincingly argues that the United States finally has what it needs to make universal coverage a reality and lays out a plan to get us there. It should be required reading on Capitol Hill."

Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA), chairman, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee

"George Halvorson's timing couldn't be better. This is a book that everyone who is searching for solutions should read."

Helen Darling, president, National Business Group on Health

"Halvorson's comprehensive approach, rooted in a practical understanding of the complexities of American health care, helps us focus on what matters."

Ian Morrison, Ph.D., health care futurist and author, Health Care in the New Millennium

"This book is powerful and compelling. It's just the right book for this time."

Jeffrey C. McGuiness, president, HR Policy Association

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