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Cured! The Insider's Handbook for Health Care Reform
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Perhaps Mr. Hyde's best work occurs in his book's detailed background sections. His absorbing analysis reveals the dark undersides of complex topics (such as the market positioning of the managed care and pharmacy benefit management industries) so that the man on the street can understand the issues as well as any academic or industry expert. Though addressing the consumer and writing in simple, coherent prose, he neither condescends as a 40-year veteran of his stature might, nor circumvents the complex workings of his concepts, whether addressing adverse selection, hybrid managed care models, or philosophical questions about health care as a right. His readers could - and should - include health care's most seasoned insiders, from corporate CEOs to physician practitioners.
The final third of Cured! features Mr Hyde's solution: the "American Choice Health Plan" (ACHP). Fundamentally, ACHP removes government and employers from the business of insurance, and exposes providers and health plans to a market-based determination of value. It transforms the current group-based insurance model into a fully individual one, so that insurance can be, well, insurance.
This is an important book - a valuable read that clarifies what health care reform needs to accomplish.
Mr. Krugman makes some very odd claims. First all insurance has the possibility for the `insurer' to deny a claim. That is true for auto, home, life etc. So I guess if you buy this train of thought you should do without any type of insurance. (Obviously laws and the threat of lawsuits put a lot of pressure on insurers not to do this.) Plus if the government is providing the insurance they can also deny you coverage, as they do in single payer countries, and you can't do anything about it. Secondly the administrative cost for Medicare are as high as they are in private insurance but they really only equate to a very small portion i.e. (a few percentage points) of the cost. I do agree that patients in difficult medical situations can't emotionally shop for the right treatment. However, they can make rational decisions when they are healthy about what type of financial risk they are willing to take and what provider network (physicians and hospitals) they would like providing that treatment when they do need it. Under a single payer plan you won't even get those choices.
Read the book it explains a lot of the real world problems and offers a real world solution.
Hyde very skillfully outlines a free enterprise solution to the myriad of problems that currently exist in our broken system with a fix that builds on the principles of capitalism by preserving choice and introducing personal responsibility. Aren't those the things that made this country great? His plan provides a doable transition from our existing system that will work for all Americans without fleecing the taxpayers. For you skeptics out there that believe free market health care does not work, I challenge you to educate yourselves with Hyde's book and you will not be able to logically support more government intervention in health care.
"Cured! is a tour de force that exposes the root causes of the health care crisis and proposes a simple, eminently workable solution that provides for universal insurance, affordable care, better medical quality, effective prevention, and an end to the primary care provider shortage. Steve Hyde writes with the authority of the 40-year veteran health care advisor, regulator, actuary, entrepreneur, CEO, and policy analyst that he is. This is an important book."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mr. Hyde has proposed an intelligent, innovative and comprehensive roadmap to healing our broken healthcare system. Read morePublished on March 26, 2010 by H. H. Middleton III
Cured! is a rational approach to the fixing of the healthcare system. As a healthcare worker on the front lines for nearly a quarter of a century I can tell you, Hyde gets it. Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by Eric D. Miller, Rush-Miller Foundation - Founder
...I have not read this book, and please disregard the "stars" above. It may very well be a masterpiece of persuasive facts, indisputable logic and comprehensive solutions. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by R. Aries
Stephen Hyde's book is smart, sharply focused and so very relevant to today's health care crisis.
"Cured!" should be required reading for every member of Congress.