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Cured! The Insider's Handbook for Health Care Reform Paperback – June 8, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0984055616 ISBN-10: 0984055614

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  • Paperback: 490 pages
  • Publisher: HobNob Publishing (June 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984055614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984055616
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,498,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an important book - a valuable read that clarifies what health care reform needs to accomplish.
S. Williams
His plan provides a doable transition from our existing system that will work for all Americans without fleecing the taxpayers.
Eric D. Sipf
Very logical, well presented, and understandable, even for someone like myself who is unfamiliar with the topic.
Kenneth R. Morris

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Williams on July 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Stephen Hyde's excellent book offers both a refreshing examination of health care's perverse economics and an important framework for putting the system into working order. Cured! is not only relevant to today's reform debate, but will also serve as an important reference document for years to come.

Perhaps Mr. Hyde's best work occurs in his book's detailed background sections. His absorbing analysis reveals the dark undersides of complex topics (such as the market positioning of the managed care and pharmacy benefit management industries) so that the man on the street can understand the issues as well as any academic or industry expert. Though addressing the consumer and writing in simple, coherent prose, he neither condescends as a 40-year veteran of his stature might, nor circumvents the complex workings of his concepts, whether addressing adverse selection, hybrid managed care models, or philosophical questions about health care as a right. His readers could - and should - include health care's most seasoned insiders, from corporate CEOs to physician practitioners.

The final third of Cured! features Mr Hyde's solution: the "American Choice Health Plan" (ACHP). Fundamentally, ACHP removes government and employers from the business of insurance, and exposes providers and health plans to a market-based determination of value. It transforms the current group-based insurance model into a fully individual one, so that insurance can be, well, insurance.

This is an important book - a valuable read that clarifies what health care reform needs to accomplish.
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Mr. Hyde has proposed an intelligent, innovative and comprehensive roadmap to healing our broken healthcare system. And, I should know, since I am a physician who has to work in this labyrinthine, contradictory mess. My only regret is that the politicians will never consider his proposal which has so much promise for real reform.
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Cured! is a rational approach to the fixing of the healthcare system. As a healthcare worker on the front lines for nearly a quarter of a century I can tell you, Hyde gets it. The current approach from Washington not only doesn't fix healthcare, it has the potential to destabilize the very economic foundations of the country. No I'm not a radical Righter! Buy Cured! for yourself, your doctor, and for God's sake, buy one for your elected representatives!
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By C3 on February 18, 2010
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Mr. Krugman makes some very odd claims. First all insurance has the possibility for the `insurer' to deny a claim. That is true for auto, home, life etc. So I guess if you buy this train of thought you should do without any type of insurance. (Obviously laws and the threat of lawsuits put a lot of pressure on insurers not to do this.) Plus if the government is providing the insurance they can also deny you coverage, as they do in single payer countries, and you can't do anything about it. Secondly the administrative cost for Medicare are as high as they are in private insurance but they really only equate to a very small portion i.e. (a few percentage points) of the cost. I do agree that patients in difficult medical situations can't emotionally shop for the right treatment. However, they can make rational decisions when they are healthy about what type of financial risk they are willing to take and what provider network (physicians and hospitals) they would like providing that treatment when they do need it. Under a single payer plan you won't even get those choices.
Read the book it explains a lot of the real world problems and offers a real world solution.
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Stephen Hyde's book is smart, sharply focused and so very relevant to today's health care crisis.
"Cured!" should be required reading for every member of Congress.
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