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Sick & Tired: How America's Health Care System Fails Its Patients

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Publisher Comments:

In 2003, economist Helene Jorgensen was bitten by a tick and thus began her new, unpaid, and full-time job—sojourner through the U.S. health care system. Her five-year odyssey reveals the many inefficiencies and irrationalities that both characterize the system and put lives—and the U.S. economy—at risk.    Sick and Tired tells two stories. One examines Jorgensen’s personal struggle to receive proper treatment for Lyme disease and to fend off an ever-expanding set of uncovered medical bills. The other narrative, based on Jorgensen’s expertise as an economist, examines institutional failures at every stage of the U.S. health care system, including diagnosis, treatment, insurance, and prescriptions. Having surveyed those failures, she offers practical guidelines for their correction. 

Book News Annotation:

Jorgensen (Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, DC) relates her experience with the American health care system as a patient recovering from Lyme disease, and presents a broader analysis of flaws in the system. She concludes with comments on the strengths and weaknesses of current health insurance (rather than care) reform. The book includes health system-related data, and symptoms of Lyme disease. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Sick and Tired examines the U.S. health care system from a patient’s perspective. It tells the story of the author’s struggle to receive proper medical treatment for Lyme disease and to have her health insurance company pay for an ever-expanding set of medical bills. Jorgensen uses her expertise as an economist to examine the reasons that the health care system fails patients.

About the Author

Now recovering from Lyme disease, Helene Jorgensen has worked as a labor economist for the Center of Economic and Policy Research and the Public Policy Department of the AFL-CIO. She has a Ph.D. in economics from American University and an M.S. in environmental science and policy from George Mason University. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780982417119
Author:
Jorgensen, Helene
Publisher:
Polipoint Press
Subject:
Diseases - Nervous System (incl. Brain)
Subject:
Health Care Issues
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.50x5.58x.56 in. .64 lbs.

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General
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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Politics of Health Care

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Sick and Tired examines the U.S. health care system from a patient’s perspective. It tells the story of the author’s struggle to receive proper medical treatment for Lyme disease and to have her health insurance company pay for an ever-expanding set of medical bills. Jorgensen uses her expertise as an economist to examine the reasons that the health care system fails patients.
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