The nuts and bolts of covert healthcare rationing are surgically exposed in a new book by Richard N. Fogoros. Fogoros is a former cardiologist who has authored textbooks, consults for companies developing new medical technologies, and hosts the heart disease information site at About.com. Now he's written a fine blueprint for radical health-care reform. Fixing American Healthcare is a survival guide every patient deserves
. --Igor Greenwald, Smartmoney.comMust reading
for all people involved in health care. Reading Fixing American Healthcare
is like reading an Ayn Rand novel, a murder mystery (how the doctor-patient relationship has been killed), a philosophical treatise, an investigative report, and an expose of Wonkonian and Gekkonian agendas. Richard Fogoros reasserts the primacy of the doctor-patient relationship by proposing a balanced solution to the healthcare crisis that addresses the needs of society, physicians, patients, business, and government. Quite an accomplishment.
--Lynn Carlisle, DDS, SpiritOfCaring.com
Unlike others who dance around the topic or try to have it both ways, Fogoros doesn t shy away from embracing bold, unpopular ideas as cornerstones of his solution. Fogoros makes a compelling case that the problem with our current health care system is covert rationing, which has profound corrosive effects. Once the problem is laid out, Fogoros proposes a solution that encompasses open rationing and is characterized by six key principles, one of which is that healthcare coverage must be universal. Presidential candidates who advocate the same thing should study Fogoros s book to see how it might actually be done.
--David E. Williams, WorldHealthCareBlog.org
About the Author
Richard N. Fogoros is a former professor of medicine who spent over 20 years as a full-time clinical cardiologist, medical researcher, teacher and author, as well as an occasional healthcare entrepreneur, amateur medical ethicist and, when absolutely unavoidable, patient. Since 2000, he has made his living consulting with biotech companies and writing.
He is the author of popular introductory textbooks simplifying an arcane specialty (cardiac electrophysiology) for medical novices. For seven years he has covered heart disease and cardiology for the About.com network of websites. There, "DrRich" has written hundreds of articles for the general reader aimed at simplifying complex and controversial topics in cardiology. Similarly, he works to make the (intentionally) complex American healthcare system accessible to average citizens through his website (GUTHealthcare.com), his blog (CovertRationingBlog.com), and now, through Fixing American Healthcare