- Paperback: 358 pages
- Publisher: BCH Fulfillment & Distribution; 1 edition (March 15, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1938218159
- ISBN-13: 978-1938218156
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Geyman, M.D. is professor emeritus of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine from 1976 to 1990. As a family physician with over 21 years in academic medicine, he also practiced in rural communities for 13 years. He was the founding editor of The Journal of Family Practice (1973 to 1990) and the editor of The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine from 1990 to 2003. Since 1990 he has been involved with research and writing on health policy and health care reform. His most recent book was The Human Face of ObamaCare: Promises vs. Reality and What Comes Next, How Obamacare Is Unsustainable: Why We Need a Single-Payer Solution For All Americans (2015). Earlier books include Health Care Wars: How Market Ideology and Corporate Power Are Killing Americans (2012), Souls On a Walk: An Enduring Love Story Unbroken by Alzheimer’s (2012), Breaking Point: How the Primary Care Crisis Threatens the Lives of Americans (2011), Hijacked: The Road to Single Payer in the Aftermath of Stolen Health Care Reform (2010), The Cancer Generation: Baby Boomers Facing a Perfect Storm (2009), Do Not Resuscitate: Why the Health Insurance Industry Is Dying (2008), The Corrosion of Medicine: Can the Profession Reclaim Its Moral Legacy (2008), Shredding the Social Contract: The Privatization of Medicare (2006), Falling Through the Safety Net: Americans Without Health Insurance (2005), The Corporate Transformation of Health Care: Can the Public Interest Still Be Served? (2004), and Health Care in America: Can Our Ailing System Be Healed? (2002). He served as the president of Physicians for a National Health Program from 2005 to 2007, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
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This book is an up-to-date and readable overview of how the health care industry actually works, set against the backdrop Dr. Geyman’s personal journey over the last half century, from a classical family practice in the mountains of northern California, to leadership of the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, to a retirement of investigation, reflection, and writing. Other books dive more deeply into the politics and scandals, but I suggest starting here.
The US has the best health care in the world for those who can pay for it, yet by far the worst health care system of any developed nation. We spend twice as much per person with poorer overall outcomes. Like most other medical reformers, Geyman recommends improving Medicare and making it universal (“Medicare for All”), with the US citizenry pocketing the savings. Both professionals and patients will be a lot happier.