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Cured! The Insider's Handbook for Health Care Reform

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About the Author

Steve Hyde is the founder and CEO of Hyde Rx Services Corp., which provides low-cost prescription drug benefits to self-insuring companies all over the United States. In the 1970s he founded Peak Health Care, one of the nation's first HMOs, and many of his innovations are still being used today.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 490 pages
  • Publisher: HobNob Publishing (June 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984055614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984055616
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,787,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Williams on July 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Stephen Hyde's excellent book offers both a refreshing examination of health care's perverse economics and an important framework for putting the system into working order. Cured! is not only relevant to today's reform debate, but will also serve as an important reference document for years to come.

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.
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By C3 on February 18, 2010
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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.
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Steve Hyde has taken an extremely complex problem and in a straight forward logical fashion crafted a free market approach to high quality affordable health coverage for all. This book should be required reading for anyone who has the responsibility to cast a vote that would change the way health care is delivered and financed. Personally, I would feel much better about the prospects of health care reform if it included Hyde's American Choice Health Plan.

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.
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I have read Stephen Hyde's important book on health care reform, and I agree with Harvard Business School Professor Regina Herzlinger, author of "Market-Driven Health Care, Consumer-Driven Health Care," and "Who Killed Health Care?" Here's what she said -- I couldn't have said it better myself:

"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."
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This book is simply amazing. Like most people, I knew that health care was broken, but since I have not worked in the industry, I had no idea why. This book covers the full spectrum of health care: what is wrong, how it came to be that way, and most importantly, how it can be fixed -- a mammoth undertaking, but one which is superbly completed by an expert in the field. Very logical, well presented, and understandable, even for someone like myself who is unfamiliar with the topic. And the proposed solution is very compelling. A must-read, especially for the politicians who will be passing legislation to change the current system!
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