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Where Doesn't It Hurt? A Healthcare Solution from a Doctor and His Equally Frustrated Patient Hardcover – February 7, 2011

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About the Author

Merlin Brown, MD, was born in Tennessee but spent most of his growing-up years on a small farm in Wisconsin. After high school, he spent a year in France learning the language and working on his degree in French and then went on to prepare for Medical School. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1990 and finished his residency in internal medicine in 1993. He currently is in private practice in a small internal medicine group in Edina, MN. Merlin is known for his compassionate medical care for adults of all ages and thrives on building long term relationships with his patients. He has many outside interests, including building apartments and condominiums. He also has developed homes in Wisconsin for the mentally challenged. Merlin is an avid world traveler and in his leisure time he loves to garden and cook at his home in Minneapolis.

Charla Sheffield is a marketing executive and has been a patient of Dr. Brown's since 1996. She is a cancer survivor and has extensive patient experience at managing through the complexities of the current health care system. She has an executive certification in negotiation from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA in marketing from the University of Phoenix, and a BA in organizational management and human relations from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Of mixed heritage, she is a long-time youth mentor and advocate for Native American elders. She is active in her church, an avid reader, and hospice volunteer. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, four children, two grandchildren, two cats, and Bella the chiweenie. Formerly of General Mills, Charla is currently a vice-president of marketing for a top business to-business media company.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press; First Edition edition (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592983812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592983810
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,130,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a GREAT book! It is about the real life problems with our healthcare system, and an excellent remedy! I'm a patient of Dr. Merlin Brown. <Dr. Brown saved my life; and I will be eternally grateful> Dr. Brown's no nonsense approach to a healthcare system is absolutely logical (not to mention affordable)! I was lucky enough to sit in on a meeting with other patients during the planning stages of Dr. Brown's book; where he wanted input from his patients on his idea for a new healthcare system. All the patients agreed that his system would be a workable, sensible, doable system. Doctors and patients can work together towards solutions and treatments, instead of insurance companies calling all the shots. People deserve choices. Healthcare should be about the patient...healthcare should be affordable. Dr. Brown has ALWAYS been about the patient; and is a true humanitarian. It's about time someone came forward with a simplistic approach to a healthcare system that can and will work!
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I haven't read Dr. Brown's book yet, but he has been a wonderful doctor for my elderly mother, seeing her through many health crises with compassionate care and up-to-date medical knowledge.

As my mother's main caregiver, I've really appreciated Dr. Brown's cooperative work style. I've heard of so many bad experiences about working with doctors from friends who are also caring for aging parents. My friends tell me that they feel that their parents' doctors don't value the knowledge the caregiving son or daughter has about the parent.

I'm eager to read Dr. Brown's book. If it is anything like his approach to individual patient care that I've seen over the many years that I've been caring for my mom, he just might save our healthcare system!
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The nexus of doctor and patient in describing today's health care issues was a wise one. This book describes in very reader friendly prose both the state of health care today and offers a solution for tomorrow. The answer was surprising in that it view neither insurance nor the government as a solution but instead offers a creative free market idea that seems both logical and unique.
Reading this book gave me an understanding of what doctor's face and the myriad of frustrating rules and constraints forced on all of us by insurance policy makers. After explaining all this, the book offers hope by giving a solution other than government or insurance reformed health care. This is a "must read" for anyone interested in one of the greatest problems facing American's today.
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As a patient of Dr. Brown, I have found him to be one of the most caring, compassionate physicians around. I couldn't agree more with his analysis of the current health care dilema. The book gives many specific examples of how insurance companies are calling the shots and in so doing, are taking away our choices, setting prices, and negatively impacting our health. I am so pleased that Dr. Brown decided to put a pen to all this frustration and propose a solution that makes complete sense. For her part in urging Dr. Brown to undertake this project and facilitating the publishing process, Charla Sheffield is to be commended. What a team! Thank you both for a well-written, researched book, that addresses very real problems with a simple solution that gives control of our health care back to where it belongs... between the patient and his doctor!
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I found this book to be an honest and refreshing read. Unlike many exposés, this book actually offers solutions to the healthcare debacle. The authors do a great job of identifying the problems of outpatient care and the vested interest that the insurance industry has in inflating costs and controlling doctors' decisions. In a nutshell, the book exposes the health insurance industry as a profit-oriented business (at all costs) that often does not have your interest as a patient in mind. It is hard to imagine a more bizarre scenario. I thought the authors made the book very readable and engaging. This book made me both frustrated and hopeful, but also left me wanting to learn more about this problem.
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A duh....solution to solve the health care issues. Well written and makes the points/solutions seem so obvious and very much doable. Would very much require a process change in how we handle our own healthcare needs....but for the better. No more sitting around in pain/discomfort wondering if it's "severe" enough to be a coverage claim under individual/employer insurance plans. No longer the need to play pseudo-physician on when I should go in or how long I should wait and suffer. Now let's get the prescription drug costs under control.....
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