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"The title is the only dull part of Next Medicine, a fascinating look at how Americans spend their healthcare dollars...Persuasive" --Booklist
"This text is a clear manifesto for better attention to public health and reorientation of the medical system toward prevention. It is to be hoped that Bortz will continue to plumb his knowledge, wisdom, and experience to drive improvements of the badly broken US health care system." - Journal of the American Medical Association
"... his perception that current medicine is 'irrelevant' is insightful.... its [Next Medicine's] case for a new strategic direction for medicine makes it worth reading." - Science
Top Customer Reviews
We currently spend twice as much per capita on health care as any other major nation with the poorest outcomes of all in terms of key health statistics. This must change, but neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have offered a viable solution. Dr. Bortz does, but it would involve a radical paradigm shift. As he points out, the "medical-industrial complex" has a huge vested interest in the present system, but we don't have to wait for our doctors to see the light. We can move on our own to dramatically reduce their work load. The payoff would be that we would spend far less on health care collectively and lead much healthier lives.
We should take the good doctor's advice.
The increasing necessity of self-responsibility for good health is emphasized along with proposals for changes in control and delivery of care. Qustions about what these modifications mean to individual freedom, how the proposed regulations would be accepted by the individual and the necessary changes to the legal profession remain largely unexplored.
I found the book a valuable read focusing on increasing problems in medicine and changes that will be necessary in the future.
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As a Baby Boomer who has seen both the devastating effects of misdiagnosis and the terrifying results of overtreatment, I recommend this book to anyone who is uncertain about the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stopshere
Walter Bortz hits the nail on the head again in a candid narrative form backed by his usual complete array of references. Read morePublished 5 months ago by sore feet
Dr. Bortz has a very clear idea of what ails "health care" in the US and what we need to do about it. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by James B. Stake
What a wonderful and yet disturbing look into what the medical profession and pharmaceutical companies have done to increase the public's dependance on the hope of finding a... Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by James Dieli
This is an excellent examination of our current cure oriented heath care system and the far more attractive and less expensive alternative of preventative medicine and active... Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Iceseal
Dr. Bortz has described in detail with so many referances why we are failing with our current medicine. He has also shown path to cure the broken system. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by Jagdish Patel
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