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The Health Care Handbook Kindle Edition

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*Starred Review* Medical students Askin and Moore have partnered to write an extremely easy-to-understand book that explains the U.S. health-care system. The book succeeds in making sense of health care without opinion, bias, or dense textbook language. Divided into five chapters, the book contains a wealth of information that will leave health-care professionals, students, and patients well educated about a system that usually leaves everyone confused. “Health Care Systems and Delivery” covers the different kinds of hospitals (public, private, for-profit, and physician-owned) as well as networks and outpatient care. “Health Care Providers” explains the titles of various health-care workers, from doctor to nurse-practitioner to medical transcriptionist, and includes licensing, certification, and education requirements for each profession. “Insurance and Economics” covers the various types of medical insurance in detail and breaks down the economic concepts of health care, including administrative overhead, behavioral economics, chronic care, government regulations, and overtreatment. “Research, Pharmaceuticals, and Medical Devices” explains the costs of prescriptions, what qualifies as a generic drug, and evidence-based medicine. “Policy and Reform” includes a large section on the Affordable Care Act that is thorough and dispassionate in its explanation—a refreshing change from many books on the topic. Packed with easy-to-use tables, graphs, and charts, this inexpensive book is a must-have for anyone who wants a basic understanding of the U.S. health-care system. Highly recommended for all medical, public, and academic libraries. --Steve Stratton

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"It's the kind of book to share not only with your doctors and colleagues, but with your friends and Aunt Dorothy, too.  In their unpretentious voice, Ms. Askin and Mr. Moore make clear from the beginning that their explanations are neither in-depth nor definitive. But given their evenhanded and highly organized prose, it's hard not to put their book in the same revered category as a medical textbook or dictionary. In a mere 175 pages, and with an impressive roster of references and well-placed graphics, "The Health Care Handbook" illuminates the maddeningly opaque terms, acronyms, organizations, personages and policies that abound in health care. The authors do so not by expounding on the minutiae, but by jettisoning the jargon and gobbledygook and presenting only the core ideas." - Pauline Chen, M.D., The New York Times

"This wonderful book by and for students is exactly what it claims to be - a clear and concise guide to the incredibly complex health system we have in the United States. It is chock full of important knowledge; and it is engagingly written. Although the authors invite readers not to read straight through, it is hard to put it down."
Stephen C. Schoenbaum, MD, MPH, Special Advisor to the President, The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

"Medical students Askin and Moore have partnered to write an extremely easy-to-understand book that explains the U.S. health-care system. The book succeeds in making sense of health care without opinion, bias, or dense textbook language. Divided into five chapters, the book contains a wealth of information that will leave health-care professionals, students, and patients well educated about a system that usually leaves everyone confused."
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  • File Size: 1560 KB
  • Print Length: 594 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088CMAUU
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aaron E on June 4, 2012
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My father was a doctor and I grew up hearing about how the various regulations, insurance reimbursements, changing economic landscape etc., was hurting his practice. I'm not sure he fully appreciated all the moving parts out there. This book does a fantastic job of connecting the dots for individuals and professionals alike. I consider it a great resource and am just disappointed that I didn't have the chance to discuss it with my dad. I think it provides clarity and value for everyone.

I highly recommend it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HLC on August 13, 2012
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There is so much confusion about health care in the US, even among health care professionals. The authors have written a terrific resource that answers many questions asked by patients and their families. American health care feels complicated because it IS complicated. Kudos to Askin and Moore for their work and for making this an electronic, living document, that can be updated as needed. One caveat is that this is a basic guide, so policy wonks and those who have a lot of experience in the Slough of Health Insurance Plan Despond will probably not find much new information here, but for most readers, this book provides just the right level of content depth and is written in a very accessible style.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on June 2, 2012
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Finally an easy to read book that helps a novice, a pre-med or medical school student, navigate through the maze of health care information out there. Students are taught science and medicine but not how it fits in the real world. This book by Washington University medical students fills that big gap in a very helpful way. Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Kehl on May 14, 2013
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The book is definitely worth to be bought. The authors even managed to write a book on such subject with humor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michele_PT on October 6, 2012
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This little book should be read by all Americans who care about getting health care in order.
Easy readiing, well organized and written in lay men's language.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ally on September 6, 2012
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This was a great summary of our current health care system! I thought it was simple and concise and should be read by everyone interested in health care.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James on June 2, 2012
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The two medical student authors have done something the media has not, explained the practical impact of Obamacare. Their explanation is a part of their overall picture of American health care, for better or worse. This is a handy guide for anyone who wants to know how hospitals, doctors, insurance companies etc all fit together in our unique system.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan Askin on October 3, 2012
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For the lay reader who wants to make informed decisions about healthcare in this country, this is a MUST-READ. I also urge all legislators - federal and state - to use this book to inform their lawmaking. This is a highly readable, highly informative book. Kudos to the authors.
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