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Doctor in the House: A Physician-Turned-Congressman Offers His Prescription for Scrapping Obamacare -- and Saving America's Medical System Hardcover – March 23, 2011


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After spending nearly three decades practicing medicine in North Texas, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., was first elected to Congress in 2002, and re-elected four times, most recently in 2010. During his time on Capitol Hill he has earned a reputation as a problem-solver who seeks sensible solutions to the challenges Americans face.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (March 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936488256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936488254
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,733,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By KellyRek on April 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The last two chapters ("Seven Things Your Doctor Wishes You Knew" and "A Prescription for What's Really Ailing Us") are the most important. This part of the book could stand alone, published as a mini-book or as a pamphlet, available for wide distribution.

Chapter 11 goes into detail about the nature of family practice today. It examines the world doctors inhabit under the weight of regulations, paperwork, lawsuits, and insurance companies. On pages 141 & 142, Dr. Burgess praises Governor Mitch Daniels from Indiana for his "Healthy Indiana" program, which empowers its state employees to be in charge of their own health care (via a "High Deductible Health Plan with a Health Savings Account.") This is what what David Goldhill promoted in his essay "How American Health Care Killed my Father" (published in the "Atlantic Magazine," September 2009 issue).

Chapter 12 gives us nine prescriptions for fixing our health care system. Michael Burgess writes succinctly, in only 18 pages, those nine remedies (pages 151-169). They include: insurance reform, tax fairness, portability, price transparency, etc.

On page 167, the "Prescription 8 -- Preventative Care and Wellness Programs" certainly makes sense. As in auto insurance where premiums are raised for motorists who like to speed and drive recklessly, health insurance companies should be allowed to raise premiums on individuals who live an unhealthy lifestyle (and reward those of us with lower premiums who exercise regularly and watch our weight). These kind of incentives should be available to everyone, including independent contractors.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on May 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The truth is American people trust their doctor more than they do their Congressman. Unfortunately, few doctors are in Congress. I like Dr. Burgess' assessment of where we've been and where we appear to be going, but he doesn't leave the reader without hope. I wish more Members of Congress were physicians and perhaps we'd have a cure for healthcare and the economy. It appears the doctor also is a businessman. Great read! True look at DC politics and an interesting forward by Newt Gingrich.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John F. Mccracken on October 28, 2011
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Dr. Burgess' revealing description of the tortured path of healthcare reform wonderfully illustrates how little influence a true citizen-legislator has in Congress, particularly when he/she is in the minority party. It also confirms how little regard professional politicians have for those of their colleagues that are genuine experts on the issue being legislated. I know from personal experience that his chapter on "Seven Things Your doctor Wishes You Knew" paints a very different and much more accurate picture of the life of a physician than most people have. Finally, his nine recommendations for reforming healthcare lay the foundation for a successful economic--as opposed to engineering--approach to dealing with the convoluted mess that healthcare has become. Dr. Burgess must know what Don Quixote felt like.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AJ Reissig on December 2, 2012
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I had originally bought this book as a reference when writing my political thriller Escape to Freedom. However, what I got was much more of an education that I had expected. The author is a physician turned congressman. WHY MORE PEOPLE LIKE THIS MAN WERE NOT CONSULTED BEFORE THE IMPLIMENTATION OF OBAMACARE IS BEYOND ME! I now truly understand both single payor and the "public option". After reading the book I realized that while our current system is bad, ObamaCare will only make it far worse. After reading the novel, it is clear that free markets are the best way to provide high quality healthcare at a reasonable cost...and what we have now is NOT free market!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aaron E George on July 22, 2011
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This book is a must read for any medical student, pre-med, or other interested in a career in medicine. As a fourth year medical student myself, I plan to pass my copy on to classmates, and recommend it to friends.

The truth is now, if you're in medicine - you're in politics. The course of my medical education has been intertwined by the ever-closer worlds of clinical training and health care reform. The truth is that modern physicians can not operate in a vacuum. The best way to take care of patients is to be dually aware of up-to-date practices as well as best policies. Understanding health reform and the willingness to have an aware and active voice can, and will, make a difference for patients. "Doctor in the House" will help you gain that awareness.

Whether you agree with the trajectory of health reform or not, Dr. Burgess offers an engaging look into the life of a physician-congressman. The first half of the book is filled with personal stories and interesting insight into his own thoughts over the past three decades. He speaks of the transition and difficulty in moving from medicine to politics - and how much he misses his patients. The last portion of the book covers Dr. Burgess's prescription for the modern health care climate. He breaks everything down into easy to understand points, with simple action-oriented steps.

If you're looking for a book to understand where we are coming from in health politics, and a course to where we are going - pick up "Doctor in the House".
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