Elephants in the Exam Room: The Seven Things You Need to Know about Today's Health Care "Crisis"

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Hillcrest Publishing Group, Oct 1, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 225 pages
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What are the real problems with healthcare in America today? As consumers are we asking the right questions? Are doctors able to address the issues freely and practice medicine as they were taught to do without repercussions? Minnesota-based doctor and writer Wayne Liebhard argues that in order to tackle the very serious and often irreparable damage within the “system” we need to face some hard, cold truths.Without apology, Liebhard has written a passionate and learned exposition that argues against some popular myths favored by the media, pundits, and professionals alike. Why does healthcare cost so much? Why do we pay so much for drugs? Why doesn't my doctor have more time to spend with me? Why does it take so long to get an appointment with my primary care doctor—and why can't she just treat me over the phone if needed? Why do insurance companies dictate my healthcare choices? In Elephants in the Exam Room you will find some surprising and often controversial answers—and solutions—from an experienced doctor who has been in the trenches of the healthcare crisis for years, both as a committed primary care practitioner and advocate for reform.
  

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Contents

Why I Left My Practice to Write This Book
17
Overview
21
Why Does Health Care Cost So Much?
27
Why Do We Pay So Much For Drugs?
62
Why Does My PrimaryCare Doctor Have So Little Time To Spend With Me?
73
Why Does It Take So Long To Get An Appointment With My PrimaryCare Doctor?
102
Why Wont My Doctor Treat Me Over the Phone?
122
Why Does My Insurance Company Restrict My Choices in Health Care?
130
Is There A Health Care Crisis?
159
Solutions
173
Epilogue 2009 Nationalized Health Care
176
Bibliography
193
Health Care Reform 1994 monograph
202
Bibliography
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Dr. Wayne Liebhard has been practicing medicine in Minnesota for over 20 years. He is a former president of the University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society and member of the Minnesota Medical Foundation board, and active volunteer for many educational and non-profit organizations. His articles have appeared in numerous publications including Minnesota Physician. He lives with his wife Joy near Prior Lake, Minnesota.

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