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Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely: Making Intelligent Choices in America's Healthcare System Hardcover – December 29, 2007
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Which insurance plan is best for you? Is it worth paying more for a brand-name medication rather than generic? How can you get the most of your visits to the doctor? These questions and more are answered in Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely, written by Dr. Davis Liu, a family physician in California who also has a business degree. In an easy-to-understand format, he explains health savings accounts, getting the best possible health insurance coverage you can afford and the responsibilities of all the different types of doctors and specialists who treat patients.
More About the Author
He is a writer, blogger, and speaker who is passionate about transforming the health care system, educating patients to make smart choices, and the importance of physician leadership in making the healthcare system better.
His comments have appeared in Fortune, Smart Money, Remedy, Real Simple, and the NY Times. His opinion pieces have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sacramento Bee and frequently appear on KevinMD and the Health Care Blog.
As the only physician in his family, many times his family has benefited from his medical knowledge. As an insider, he increased the chances that they would have good outcomes. This coupled with his business school training gives him a unique perspective not only on the challenges individuals have to stay healthy but also the financial implications to get there.
Until healthcare reform improves the American healthcare system, he feels individuals today need to have the vital information necessary to ensure that they are doing the right things so that they and their families stay healthy and get the care they need by spending thoughtfully.
Dr. Liu completed his residency training at the Glendale Adventist Family Practice Residency Program. He received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Top Customer Reviews
The most important thing I found in this book, however, was the writer's encouragement to take charge of our own health and our own care. In fact, my mom had a diagnosis shortly after I read this book and her doctor seemed to be acting rather slowly with treatment. It was this book's encouragment that had me press her to seek other opinions, and she was able to get the treatment she needed, and quickly. When I was done with the book, I passed it along to her. Now I wish I had kept it as a reference, because every home should have it!
This book is filled with lots valuable information. It has everything you need to know when choosing a health plan, how to get the most of that plan, how to take care of yourself and how to save some money while taking care of yourself. Everytime I pick up the book, I learn something new!
I really liked the layout of the book. It is easy to find information by using the detailed table of contents. Each chapter ends with a "Take Home Points" which summarized the key points. The "Real Life Examples" are entertaining to read and also drive home the point the author is trying to make. As a mother of a newborn, I don't have long periods of uninterrupted time to read. The layout of the book makes it easy to read a few sections at a time while still picking up on valuable advice.
This is a great book to read as well as using it for reference purposes. Websites are also listed for the reader if they get more information on a certain topic.
Would make a great holiday present for anyone!!!
This book is easy to read, I also like how the bullet/main points really stand out in the book and the personal anecdotes makes this an interesting read. This is a definite must for readers that are interested in knowing how to choose quality health plans, physicians, and medical procedures.
Part 1 - The Most Important Policy You Will Ever Own: Health Insurance, Savings Accounts, and Cost; Consumer Driven Health Plans (CDHPS), Health Savings Accounts (HSAS), and Personal Responsibility; The Quality of Your Health Insurance Matters!; Do Your Homework. Question Everything and Pay Nothing (Right Away); You're On Your Own; Health Care Costs - How Much Does It Cost For Procedures and Tests?
Part 2 - Mastering the Ten-Minute Doctor Office Visit: The Importance of a Medical History; Providing The Perfect History; Know Yourself - Your Personal Medical History; Make Every Office Visit Count; Informed Consent - Is It OK With You?; Don't See Your Doctor
Part 3 - Do The Right Thing Regularly and Repeatedly: The Prudent Approach To Staying Healthy; American Cancer Society; Cancer Guidelines for Women; Cancer Guidelines for Men; Cancer Guidelines for Women and Men; American Heart Association (AHA); American Diabetes Association (ADA); U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF); Immunizations and Vaccinations; Happy Birthday to You; Denied Coverage? Reimbursement Letter
Part 4 - Meet Your Medical Team: Your Health Advisors - Physicians; Internists and Family Physicians; Specialists; Medical Specialties; Surgical Specialties; Other Primary Care Fields; Other Specialties; What's the Deal with DOs (Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine)?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book that will easily pay for itself . I learned a great deal on ways to save money , but much more important , I learned a better way to stay healthy . Read morePublished on February 20, 2010 by T. Riddle
Dr. Liu has some good information and some I don't agree with.
Like many MDs he is strongly against supplements of any kind even though prescription drug reactions is... Read more
The US healthcare system is broken---I don't know of anyone who disputes this idea. Patients are getting less time and attention; costs are going up; meanwhile, doctors are getting... Read morePublished on September 15, 2008 by H. Grove (errantdreams)
[...] This is one of the most informative books on helping you understand the Healthcare System in America. Dr. Read morePublished on June 12, 2008 by Randy A. Lakin
Whether or not you agree with some aspects of the book's premise, you can't argue with the value of a volume dedicated to helping you make health insurance and health care choices... Read morePublished on May 6, 2008 by Amazon Customer