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The Cancer in the American Healthcare System: How Washington Controls and Destroys Our Health Care Paperback – November 17, 2015
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From the Author
I wrote The Cancer in the American Healthcare System for one reason: to practice good medicine on a critically ill patient. That patient is a system named Healthcare.
The reason you should read The Cancer in the American Healthcare System is to protect yourself ... from Healthcare! You need to know the truth about the leach we call healthcare and what you must do to get the health care you need when you need it.
Healthcare most definitely is not "there for you!" Read how and why in The Cancer in the American Healthcare System as well as what to do.
About the Author
Interesting data about me; Standard (boring) credentials are below
- Had tickets to sail on the Andria Doria (sank just before we boarded)
- Visiting Middle East when 1956 War broke out (not injured)
- Student in Berlin in 1961 when the Wall went up (not imprisoned)
- Patched up injured at 1968 Democratic Nat'l Convention (both sides)
- Visiting Turkey during 2013 "Silent Revolution" (was tear-gassed)
- Education/training: Yale (BA, History), Chicago Med (MD), Mayo Clinic, Northwestern, Harvard, and AndersonManagement Schools (MBA)
- Author: >400 scholarly articles & three books before The Cancer in the American Healthcare System
- Author, forthcoming e-book series: RestoringCare to American Healthcare
- Host: WeCanFixHealthcare.info
Having both an MD and an MBA, I have consulted for hospitals, public and private organizations, and governments. I can marry the tools of management, especially systems analysis, with the principles of good medical practice to diagnose and cure sick systems such as healthcare. I was the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Children's Hospital of San Diego, University of Chicago and University of New Mexico. Now I am Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Pathology and Decision Science at the Universityof New Mexico and serve as Consumer Advocate member on the Board of Directorsof the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange where I advise on public policy for healthcare.
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Dr. Deane Waldman seems to be a very intelligent and very kind man, who spent many years working against a system that is not built to help the end user.
Having worked in the healthcare system myself, both as patient and as employee, he is absolutely right. Insurance companies have repeatedly put patients and doctors at fatal risk, both legally and literally. This is their current modus operandi. And it needs to stop.
We do have a cancerous growth in our society, and we should do all we can to cut the growth away.
However, we have differing opinions on how to do it.
Dr. Deane Waldman wants to dismantle the ACA and go to a single payer system. The problem with this is why insurance companies were created in the first place: some doctors just do not charge the same across the board. There is very little regulation in place
My personal opinion is that while Dr. Waldman may not take advantage of the patient in a single payer system, pseudoscience and immoral doctors will, and have. Which is why instead of a single payer system, I would prefer a socialized healthcare system. Dr. Waldman speaks of the ills of this system but chooses the weakest of countries (UK) as example. While earlier in his book he speaks of Norway, Sweden and Japan, all who have a socialized system that works, he chooses to reprimand the British one, because it is the easiest to reprimand. Politicians there have eaten away at the earlier idea proposed in the 1970s, and conditions have even changed for the better compared to when his example (his mother’s experience) have occurred.
Along with his attack other countries socialized systems, his attack on Medicaid and Medicare are weak, and sometimes fallacious. He cites a study done in my home state of Oregon, where people on Medicare are sicker than those on private insurances or without insurance. This study cannot be used to prove his point, since the variables known for being on Medicare are poverty(not good for the health), children (usually lacking in the immunity sector), and people who have finally been accepted as previously non-insured people, who do not get diagnosed with serious conditions because they could not go before. These variables are not discussed at all, and he moves along in his train of thought as if the study should stand on its own. As a person of science, I was disappointed that he didn’t remark that correlation does not imply causation. But he does that. And through other instances of these types of fallacies, I was disheartened towards his cause.
The book is a very easy read and, especially within the first half and parts of the second, I can totally agree with Dr. Waldman. But I do not agree with his solution at all.
Dr. Deane (his preferred moniker) spends his energy and background and commitment to American health by sharing in this accessibly written book the flaws and corruption of the American healthcare delivery system. He creates the bullets for his delivery as Why health care is both less affordable and much less available, Where all those trillions of "healthcare" dollars go, Who the real bad guys are, Why Obamacare won't help you...because it can't! and How to regain control over your own health care.
Most of us, whether directly or indirectly involved in the healthcare delivery system, face these conundrums daily. Why do insurance rates consistently elevate every year – the AARP (supposed to be affordable for seniors) hikes its rates while the co-pay for drugs diminishes to pennies and the medication costs elevate to 2-4 times what the same drugs cost last year, just an example? Why are appointments with doctors difficult to get? Because the doctors have to support the overhead of their practice and insurance companies fail to promptly reimburse physicians (as in 3-4 or more months) making the co-pays to see a doctor rise to cover the inadequacies of the mega insurance moguls. Hospital costs are out of the realm of most because of the same insurance reimbursement problem in addition to what they feel is a public demand for the newest in laparoscopic robotic substitutions of hands-on surgeons (when they have time away form the mandatory computer system of holding medical records). Toss in the malpractice ambulance chasers (now comfortably parked outside doctors offices and hospitals and urgent care rooms) ready to drive medical care costs even higher out of fear of suit.
There are so many consternations presented in this book that make us all angry that we are no longer in control of our health – it is in the aegis of the big corporate agencies, Washington and the omni-present lobbyists for the wealthy industries reliant on keep medical costs high.
Read the book, get angry, share your feelings, and work for change. Grady Harp, February 16
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