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Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely: Making Intelligent Choices in America's Healthcare System Unknown Binding – April, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0979351211 ISBN-10: 0979351219

 
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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. --Indianapolis Star, Feb 5, 2008 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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From the Indianapolis Star, Feb 5, 2008 -

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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding: 264 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979351219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979351211
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,492,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Davis Liu, M.D., is a practicing board-certified family physician with the Permanente Medical Group in Northern California since 2000, and is the author of The Thrifty Patient - Vital Insider Tips to Save Money (2012) and Stay Healthy as well as Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely - Making Intelligent Choices in America's Healthcare System (2008).

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.

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Now I wish I had kept it as a reference, because every home should have it!
DGN
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.
tw
Websites are also listed for the reader if they get more information on a certain topic.
J. S. Yep

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DGN on January 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I had my share of moments when the current healthcare system (or lack thereof) has made me think twice about going to a doctor. This book is a well-organized, straight-forward look at the healthcare system, and what you need to know to navigate it. It offers helpful tips about when you don't really need to see a doctor, and when you really should. It also offers an easy explanation of the types of healthcare and insurance providers you may come across while navigating the system.

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!
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Format: Hardcover
Thousands die prematurely every year not due to medical errors, but to lack of preventive interventions - and the wrong healthcare choices. Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely tells how to make the right treatment choices, from assessing alternative therapies to locating the right doctor, maximizing doctor visits, and asking for the right screening procedures. It places health care responsibility in the consumer's hands by providing basic details and is suitable for any general-interest lending library strong in consumer health issues.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Yep on November 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book for everyone who wants to take good care of themselves without going broke.

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!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tw on April 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I currently work for a managed care plan and what Dr. Liu is saying completely makes sense, including a physician's credentials and managed care's NCQA accreditation status. Also crucial to one's own well-being is taking responsibility and being proactive, not sitting back and assuming your health care plan is doing everything they should be doing.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Kim on November 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Liu's book combines a great amount of practical advice with answers to questions that doctors, unfortunately, don't always have the time to answer. In basic, simple terms, Dr. Liu provides not only a great overview of what's what in the health care world, but how to navigate the system, questions to ask your doctor, and how to make your health care dollar go further. This is a must read for anyone interested in their health or the health of their loved ones. Very well done.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It seems as if navigating America's health care system continues to get more complex with each passing year. Dr. Davis Liu's book, Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely: Making Intelligent Choices in America's Healthcare System, presents a practical guide to how best to steer your way to an excellent relationship with your health care professionals while not going bankrupt in the process.

Contents:
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)?
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