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Chapter 11 goes into detail about the nature of family practice today. It examines the world doctors inhabit under the weight of regulations, paperwork, lawsuits, and insurance companies. On pages 141 & 142, Dr. Burgess praises Governor Mitch Daniels from Indiana for his "Healthy Indiana" program, which empowers its state employees to be in charge of their own health care (via a "High Deductible Health Plan with a Health Savings Account.") This is what what David Goldhill promoted in his essay "How American Health Care Killed my Father" (published in the "Atlantic Magazine," September 2009 issue).
Chapter 12 gives us nine prescriptions for fixing our health care system. Michael Burgess writes succinctly, in only 18 pages, those nine remedies (pages 151-169). They include: insurance reform, tax fairness, portability, price transparency, etc.
On page 167, the "Prescription 8 -- Preventative Care and Wellness Programs" certainly makes sense. As in auto insurance where premiums are raised for motorists who like to speed and drive recklessly, health insurance companies should be allowed to raise premiums on individuals who live an unhealthy lifestyle (and reward those of us with lower premiums who exercise regularly and watch our weight). These kind of incentives should be available to everyone, including independent contractors.Read more ›
The truth is now, if you're in medicine - you're in politics. The course of my medical education has been intertwined by the ever-closer worlds of clinical training and health care reform. The truth is that modern physicians can not operate in a vacuum. The best way to take care of patients is to be dually aware of up-to-date practices as well as best policies. Understanding health reform and the willingness to have an aware and active voice can, and will, make a difference for patients. "Doctor in the House" will help you gain that awareness.
Whether you agree with the trajectory of health reform or not, Dr. Burgess offers an engaging look into the life of a physician-congressman. The first half of the book is filled with personal stories and interesting insight into his own thoughts over the past three decades. He speaks of the transition and difficulty in moving from medicine to politics - and how much he misses his patients. The last portion of the book covers Dr. Burgess's prescription for the modern health care climate. He breaks everything down into easy to understand points, with simple action-oriented steps.
If you're looking for a book to understand where we are coming from in health politics, and a course to where we are going - pick up "Doctor in the House".
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Most of the book is self-congratulating political rhetoric, and is easily skipped or skimmed. The last chapter however pulls it together and takes a step towards providing an... Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by Vampa
Used this book as reserch on Obamacare. It was OK. What more can I say? Blah Blah Blah Blah BlahPublished on March 20, 2013 by VA artist
About 90% of the book is spent in writing about the author and there is hardly any positive suggestion that is worth reading in this bookPublished on December 29, 2012 by doc
Not a bad book, as a book. Well written and occasionally amusing. But it felt like a guided tour through a museum you go to every year. Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by NothingWandered
Physician and Congressman Burgess offers a sound alternative to ObamaCare. Including tort reform, employee ownership of health insurance, health policies without state boundaries,... Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by Philip
This book was simple to understand and to relate to. I love that a politician actually has answers to some problems we face in our Federal Congress. Keep up the good work.Published on July 12, 2011 by Debbie R. Anderson
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