Synopses & Reviews
"This book is meant to wake America up to a coming public policy train wreck." So begins this no-holds-barred analysis of our health care crisis and the difficult choices we will need to make to fix the system. This controversial essay explains why "blank check" medicine--unchecked spending and use of technology--is bad for our collective health. Healthcare experts Richard Lamm and Robert Blank explain why we need to embrace explicit rationing of medical care and take more individual responsibility for health, broaching subjects that are sure to generate discussion.
With medical costs skyrocketing and more Americans lacking adequate care, the debate over health care reform has escalated nationwide. Both state and federal policy makers are scrambling for a solution.
About the Author
Richard D. Lamm is the codirector of the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver and the former three-term governor of Colorado. A nationally recognized expert of healthcare issues, Lamm was chairman of the Pew Health Professions Commission and a public member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Robert H. Blank, PhD, has taught, lectured, and written widely in the areas of comparative health policy, medical technology assessment, and biomedical policy. He currently teaches in Taiwan as a senior Fulbright lecturer, his third such award. He is also a research scholar at the New College in Florida and a visiting professor at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.