Health Against Wealth: HMOs and the Breakdown of Medical Trust

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1996 - Business & Economics - 299 pages
Wall Street Journal reporter George Anders explains why managed care is so appealing to employers and insurers and how HMO bureaucrats can thwart necessary, even life-saving treatment under the guise of cost efficiency. Health Against Wealth takes an unflinching look at the profit-hungry entrepreneurs who have poured into this new "health industry" and provides alarming examples of political manipulation by increasingly powerful HMO lobbyists. At the same time, the book explores the hopes and frustrations of people in the health-care system: patients facing life-threatening crises, renowned doctors humbled by the constraints of the new medical bureaucracy, disillusioned social planners who genuinely thought they had found a better way to provide health care.

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Around for a number of years, managed care is now receiving increased attention as larger numbers of people sign on with health maintenance organizations (HMOs). Anders, senior special writer for the ... Read full review

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A Babys Struggle
Dismantling the Old System
The New Mandarins
The Barons of Austerity
Turning Doctors into Gatekeepers
Heart Trouble
The Breast Cancer Battles
Is This Really an Emergency?
HMOs and Mental Health
When the Elderly Fall Sick
Poor Patients Shoddy Care
The Best Lobbyists in America
A Question of Quality
Building a Better System

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About the author (1996)

George Anders, senior special writer for the Wall Street Journal, was part of a team that won the Puliter Prize for it's health coverage in 1996. The author of Merchants of Debt, he lives in California.

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