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The Health Care Handbook [Kindle Edition]

Nathan Moore , Elisabeth Askin , William Peck
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

*New edition: Now includes the Supreme Court decision and its effects on the ACA*

The American health care system is vast, complex and confusing. Books about it shouldn't be. The Health Care Handbook is your one-stop guide to the people, organizations and industries that make up the U.S. health care system, and the major issues the system faces today. The Handbook's five chapters (250 pages) cover:

* Inpatient and outpatient health care and delivery systems
* The different types of health insurance and how they're structured
* Health policy and government health care programs
* Concise summaries of 31 different health professions
* Medical research, technology, and drugs
* A clear summary of the Affordable Care Act, challenges to the law, and other reform options.
* Economic concepts and the factors that make health care so expensive
* The Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries

Each section introduces the key facts and foundations that make the health care system work in a clear and neutral manner. The book also includes balanced analyses of current challenges and controversies in health care, including medical errors, government regulation, medical malpractice, high drug prices, and much more. Suggested Readings are included at the end of each chapter for readers who wish to learn more about specific topics.

The book is the work of two medical students, Elisabeth Askin and Nathan Moore. When Elisabeth and Nathan worked to educate themselves about the American health care system they couldn't find a source that was comprehensive, understandable and non-biased - so they decided to write it themselves. After thousands of hours of research, writing, and consulting with dozens of national experts, the Health Care Handbook is now available. It's rigorously researched and scrupulously unbiased yet written in a conversational and humorous tone that's a pleasure to read and illuminates the convoluted health care system and its many components. The book is essential reading for health professionals, health professions students, and anyone who interacts with the U.S. health care system.

Featuring a foreword from Dr. William Peck, former chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges and dean of the Washington University School of Medicine.

"The Healthcare Handbook is an extraordinary accomplishment. Elizabeth Askin and Nathan Moore showed what two hard-working, intelligent medical students are capable of achieving. The handbook presents the complex healthcare system in a clear and lucid manner. I believe that the handbook will serve as the foundation for the introduction to and instruction of all medical students as they confront an evolving healthcare system. Bravo for a job well done."

Gerald S. Levey, M.D.
Dean Emeritus, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
The Lincy Foundation Distinguished Service Chair
Distinguished Professor of Medicine

"The Health Care Handbook could not have been more timely given the uncertain future of health care in America. Perhaps it is too optimistic to think that the more professionals and others are well-informed about the issues, the more likely we are to make the right decisions for the health of our population. This has been an amazing accomplishment undertaken by two amazing students. It was a great experience for them as it was for me. It will be a great learning experience for all its readers."

William A. Peck, M.D.
Director, Center for Health Policy
Former Dean, School of Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis
Former Chair, Association of American Medical Colleges

Editorial Reviews

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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


"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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthcare Explained! June 4, 2012
By Aaron E
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last June 2, 2012
By Cheryl
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive 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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Health Care Handbook September 6, 2012
By Ally
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars very timely book June 2, 2012
By James
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding resource . . .
. . .an informed and thorough guide for the befuddled, Charon over the river Styx of the American health care system.
Published 2 months ago by Fred Hyde
5.0 out of 5 stars Best intro to health system
Best introduction to the US health care system available. Clear, easy to read, and comprehensive. Covers both the basic workings of the system and the roles of all kinds of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Clarke E. Cochran
3.0 out of 5 stars Now dated
Admirable in its conception, and relatively well written, the HCA has made it less useful than it would have been.
Published 3 months ago by David Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for residency/med school interviews!
I purchased this book a while ago but never had the chance to read it. I finally pulled it out in anticipation for residency interviews, because I knew at some point I'd be asked... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kara
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information
Excellent reference book! If you need to understand how the health care system works, this is definitely the book to get!
Published 6 months ago by HJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive
This book is full of current relevant information. I would reccommend it to anyone who wants to learn about the United States health care system.
Published 8 months ago by Eunice Bailis
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must have Handbook if you have any involvement in health care at any...
I had read about this book in a professional on-line newsletter that was very informative and complementary about this work. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David H Pflieger
4.0 out of 5 stars Great quick reference guide for health care professionals
I work in market research/strategy for a health system and this is an excellent reference book. Don't expect complex analysis....and you shouldn't from this! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Keith Asmussen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of Health Care System
This book gives excellent coverage of many facets of the health care system; I am pleased with the chapters on nursing and social work.
Published 15 months ago by Grace Poertner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference, fills in knowledge gaps; great for anyone new to...
This book is a great reference, and is especially useful for someone starting out in the healthcare field. Read more
Published 15 months ago by E. Hansen
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