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Miracle Cure: How to Solve America's Health-Care Crisis and Why Canada Isn't the Answer Paperback – September 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0936488929 ISBN-10: 0936488921

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  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Pacific Research Institute (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936488921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936488929
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,583,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sally C. Pipes is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979. Prior to becoming president in 1991, she was assistant director of the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada. Ms. Pipes addresses national and international audiences on health care, women s issues, and the economy. She has been interviewed on CNN's Glenn Beck Show; NBC's Nightly News with Brian Williams ; CNNfn; The O Reilly Factor, Fox News; Your World With Neil Cavuto, The Today Show; Kudlow & Company on CNBC, Dateline; Politically Incorrect; The Dennis Miller Show; and other prominent programs. She has written regular columns for Chief Executive and Investor's Business Daily. Currently, she writes a monthly column on health care issues for the Examiner newspapers. Her opinion pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Financial Times of London, The Hill, RealClearPolitics, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, New York Daily News, the Boston Globe, and the San Diego Union-Tribune, to name a few. Ms. Pipes views on health care appeared in a special report of the world's 30 leading health care experts published by Forbes.com entitled, Solutions: Health Care. She was quoted in Shape Magazine for her support of Consumer Directed Health Care. Ms. Pipes writes, speaks, debates, and gives invited testimony at the national and state levels on key health-care issues facing America. Topics include the false promise of a single-payer system as exists in Canada, pharmaceutical pricing, solving the problem of the uninsured, and strategies for consumer-driven health care. Ms. Pipes was one of Mayor Rudy Giuliani s four health care advisors in his bid for the Republican nomination for president. She appears in Michael Moore's movie Sicko and has participated in prominent debates and public forums, testified before five committees of the California and Oregon legislatures, appeared on popular television programs, participated in talk radio shows nationwide, and had 127 op-eds published on health care issues in 2007.

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52 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Constant Reader on September 30, 2004
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Sally Pipes's clear-eyed analysis of the problems with both the US and Canadian health care systems is exactly what is needed to cut through the campaign rhetoric of this season. As a Canadian who lives in the US, Pipes is able to weigh the pluses and minuses of both systems -- finding more fault in Canada's sclerotic single-payer system, where waiting lists delay patients' access to life-saving treatments, but not giving either system a clean bill of health. I strongly recommend this short, but thorough and anecdote-packed, look at how to fix two great countries' inadequate health care systems.
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37 of 51 people found the following review helpful By William Fulcher on February 1, 2005
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I love when a writer nails a problem and also recognizes the political and social difficulties we will face in trying to effect the solution. This Pipes has done well. As a young physician, I soon realized that the health of my community depended more on how I VOTED than how well I was trained. Now as a physician of 20 years, I have seen first hand how the current health care system fosters a sense of entitlement to "free" care with no accountability or responsibility on the part of the consumer(patients): here in the US not Canada! The solution is NOT more of the same government intervention and insulation of patients from their health care decisions. But try telling this to the media, academia or even politicos who are either ignorant of the facts or fearful of their constituents.

Should be required reading for all MDs in training.
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28 of 40 people found the following review helpful By K. Furr on October 29, 2005
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Interesting that the One-Star reviews below are from people who did not read the book and do not comment on its actual contents.

If the writer has a particular viewpoint -- golly, maybe that's what motivated her to WRITE A BOOK. Duh. It would be a pretty bleak literary world if writers were not allowed to have opinions, or to write as a response to their own intellectual motivations.

Those of you who'd slam her simply becuase you can verify that her political and economic opinions vary from yours, might actually learn something from considering another viewpoint and indulging in the information that supports that viewpoint. If you read her book, and can spar with its content, fine, knock youself out.
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