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Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business--and Bad Medicine Paperback – October 11, 2005
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The authors do an excellent job of showing that the shift, on every level of healthcare, to a market-based economic model has achieved exactly the opposite of what the proponents of the free market claimed would happen. Instead of streamlining healthcare & making it as a whole more efficient and affordable, the shift to the free market has actually created a massive bureaucracy (which conservatives claim to loath) and a far less efficient healthcare system. Certainly it is not any more affordable. Anyone who is familiar with medical collections & with the stunning increase in bankruptcies over the last few years can attest to this. The authors underscore their arguments with a litany of horror stories of patients dying or suffering hugely at the hands of a hopelessly tangled system which emphasizes the bottom line over the welfare of the patient.
All of this is well and good, and mighty depressing. However, only a minimal amount of time is devoted to what might be done about it.Read more ›
I was hoping for an analysis which would examine more closely the economic and politcal roots of the current predicament. The subtitle of the book, after all, is "How Health Car in America Became Big Business and Bad Medicine"-- but I felt that precisely "how" is too often elided.
On the other hand, the current one is an easy read and a reasonable introduction to an important issue.
However, they aren't so clear when it comes to a solution, and a couple of points stand out. First, the authors criticize efforts to speed up the introduction of new medicines. They argue that some drug companies do this to make a quick buck at the expense of patients. Perhaps they have a point, but on the other hand those with terminal cancer or AIDS have pushed for quicker drug introduction because their lives are on the line. Don't people in this category deserve to take a chance that may save them, especially if they have nothing to lose and everything to gain? Second, they argue for a standard IT system to ease the exchange of medical information.Read more ›
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An amazing book.
Gives incredible insight into the reality of health care in America, and in a way it also shed's light on the reoccurring pattern of everything that is wrong... Read more
I have a very hard time taking seriously guys who present themselves as being journalists (i.e. people who are supposed to report the facts, all of the facts, and let the reader... Read morePublished 11 months ago by RN_Dude
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I thought the VA medical scandal was bad, but according to this author, the entire medical situation in the US is in desperate need of reform. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Patricia W. Zimmerman
Although this book was required for my college course, I found it very interesting to read. I learned a lot.Published on April 19, 2014 by Antrania C Loatman
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Straight forward, easy to read; my suspicions have been confirmed. This book lays out examples of why medicine CANNOT operate like a BIG business bought and sold on Wall Street.Published on September 1, 2013 by Roxie Hazard
As a patient who already has been on the recieving end of many errors and failings of the American medical system, I strongly suggest everyone to read this book. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Barlett & Steele....are too much. They nailed down all the reasons our USA Healthcare is rotten to the core. This was written in 2006....but nothing much has changed. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Ron & Anna Winship