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A fantastic and valuable perspective
on January 5, 2013
As an MD/JD student who was already interested in health policy and advocacy for reform, this book was a terrifically concise and comprehensive look at US Health Policy. It reminded me of much of what I already had learned from following the news and other sources, and introduced me to a plethora of knowledge based in historical and current policy. The organization of the book is superb, making what is a daunting and challenging subject easier to understand by approaching discrete topics while interlacing themes of financing, delivery, and political interests throughout the book. The patient and provider vignettes situated before each section don't seem contrived and provide a good perspective of how policy can affect everyday actors in the health system. The book presents multiple perspectives on health policy, and tells the hard truths when evaluating each, not shying away from criticizing the effects of profit-driven entities in the health care system while still remaining objective compared to many other voices for health reform. The chapter outlining the ways Canada, the UK, Germany, and Japan provide universal insurance coverage was also eye-opening, and should be required reading for anyone holding an opinion about how we should reform the US system. If you are someone who works in health care, has frequent encounters with the medical system, or has the capacity to influence how the system is run, read this book!