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Saving Lives & Saving Money Paperback – September 22, 2006
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"If you want to know what the future of healthcare can be, please read this book. Highly recommended." -- Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder and President, Preventative Medicine Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Author, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease
"Whatever your views and your state of health, you will find Saving Lives & Saving Money bold, enlightening and provocative." -- William D. Novelli, AARP Executive Director and CEO
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This book posits that the single greatest problem (but by no means the only one) with our current healthcare system is the third party payor system that has arisen from the perverse incentives introduced into the tax code that have made employer provided healthcare the dominant organizational methodology in our country today. The effects of these incentives are exacerbated by the increasing share of medical spending being reimbursed through the government Medicare and Medicaid programs. Consumers of healthcare are frustrated because their choices are limited; providers are frustrated by the bureaucracy, paperwork and interference with their medical judgment as well as the lack of tort reform; and the funders (taxpayers and employers) are horrified by the rate of increase in their costs.Read more ›
Filled with real life examples of transformational solutions and specific ways for all citizens to get involved in the healthcare debate, this book is a call to action. It provides one with an understanding of the problems of the current system, a vision for the future system and challenges one to get involved in the transformation. I am very interested in the Center for Healthcare Transformation that was mentioned as one way to get involved.
I recommend this book to private citizens and healthcare and IT professionals who want to transform the current system. I also recommend it to students of any health related discipline (nursing, medicine, health system administration to name a few) wanting to better understand the problems of the current system and the transformation that is needed.
Newt is a visionary and a gifted teacher. This book is an excellent blend of those talents.
Chief Executive Officer
Currahee Health Benefits Solutions, Inc.
"It is refreshing that someone has finally addressed a common sense, no nonsense approach to managing healthcare costs. For too long employers have labored under the illusion that cost shifting through co-pays, deductibles, provider networks and restriction of coverage would help control healthcare costs. 'Managed Care' has proven itself to be nothing more than 'Managed Cost,' while the basic problems went unaddressed for the most part. In Saving Lives & Saving Money, Newt Gingrich points out that through accountability and prevention, coupled with available technology, employers, employees and their families can finally begin to get a handle on the issue of healthcare costs. A point well made!"
"There is an enormous gap between the quality of health care you and your family should have and what you are most likely receiving from the current system," Gingrich has said on several different occasions, including in this book. "We have demonstrated that Americans could have a dramatically better system, which would save thousands of lives and billions of dollars every year."
Written as a citizen's guide, Saving Lives & Saving Money applies the lessons Gingrich learned from two decades of work in the national defense transformation, his experience in public health policy as a member of Congress, years of research as a senior fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, and consulting work for health-related businesses at his firm, the Gingrich Group.
Filled with real-life examples of transforming solutions and specific ways for people to get involved in the health care debate, Saving Lives is a wake-up call for radical-left reform advocates and a call to action for the rest of us. It helps the reader understand the problems of the current system while offering a vision for the future.
Gingrich proposes a system where the individual, not the employer or government, is at the center of financing and care decisions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Public policy can be complex. But Gingrich using simple language and approach to deal the most successful and controversial area of government-healthcare.Published 13 months ago by Dr. Wilson Trivino
Lost interest in this book about 1/4 way through. Will donate it. Outdated information. There are some good ideas in the book.Published on February 2, 2013 by Ali Cat
Answered many questions, provoked thought, led to other questions. Pointed to EMR as necessary in medicine, strengthened personal responsibility argumentPublished on June 30, 2009 by Penny Louise Flavin
Newt Gingrich may be viewed by many as being a visionary, but when it comes to a keen understanding of the American disease care system and what it would take to transform it, Mr. Read morePublished on March 9, 2005 by LAWRENCE J. OBRIEN
No matter your political persuasion, Gingrich employs years of critical thinking to outline (and detail) a potent perscription for our national healthcare industry. Read morePublished on October 28, 2003
Our health care system would improve and the cost would go down
if the people of our country would read this book. Read more