Health Care Half-Truths: Too Many Myths, Not Enough Reality

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Rowman & Littlefield, Aug 1, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 294 pages
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Are you tired of hearing that the American health care 'system' is broken? Well, it is. You can't understand your bill or pay it; you wait an hour before seeing the doctor for ten minutes; and that was your child who was just laid off, and whose family has no health insurance. Health Care Half-Truths shows the ways in which American health care is tarnished and ways in which it shines, explaining that if we are going to make our health care system work for us we must begin with a common set of information. Unfortunately, our current information comes from sound bites that on their surface seem perfectly reasonable, but on closer examination are wrong. Health Care Half-Truths untangles the misinformation, misperceptions, and confusion that have confounded the American public and our elected officials. Dr. Arthur Garson identifies twenty myths about the U.S. health care system and uses his extensive knowledge and keen insights to blow them apart."
 

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A much-needed dose of realism, this state-of-the-policy report should be required reading for anyone weighing in on the debate over health-care reform, especially students of health policy. Dean ... Read full review

Contents

AMERICAN MEDICAL CARE IS SECONDRATE COMPARED WITH OTHER COUNTRIES
3
AMERICAN HEALTH CARE IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE IN THE WORLD
9
THE MYTHS OFEXPENSIVE CARE
15
AMERICA WASTES ONEHALF OF ITS MEDICAL CARE DOLLARS
17
MOST MEDICAL CARE DOLLARS ARE SPENT IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS OF LIFE
25
BETTER QUALITY SAVES MONEY
29
PREVENTIVE CARE SAVES MONEY
33
AMERICA WILL NOT RATION HEALTH CARE
39
THE MYTHS OF INSURANCE UNDERINSURANCE AND UNINSURANCE
95
IN AMERICA THERE IS A SAFETY NET OF GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS PROVIDING HEALTH CARE FOR THE POOR
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PEOPLE WHO WORK CAN AFFORD HEALTH INSURANCE
105
PROVISION OF HEALTH INSURANCE FOR EMPLOYEES HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE EMPLOYERS RESPONSIBILITY AND WILL CONTINU...
111
THE UNINSURED GET THE CARE THEY NEED IN EMERGENCY ROOMS
117
NO ADDITIONAL FUNDING IS NEEDED TO COVERTHE UNINSURED THE MONEY IS AVAILABLE IN THE SYSTEM
123
Part V THE FUTURE
129
ALL OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES PROVIDE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR EVERYONE WE SHOULD BE NO DIFFERENT
131

THE MYTHS OF GOOD CARE
49
SCIENCE DRIVES MOST MEDICAL DECISIONS
51
HIGH QUALITY CARE CANNOT BE DEFINED
57
CONSUMERS CAN MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR MEDICAL CARE
65
FEWER DOCTORS WILL BE NEEDED AS MEDICINE CHANGES
71
THE CURRENT MALPRACTICE SYSTEM HELPS PATIENTS
81
MANAGING CARE IS EVIL
89
MAJOR CHANGE IN THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS IMPOSSIBLE
141
AFTERWORD
159
SOURCES FOR THE FACTS AND FURTHER READING
163
INDEX
285
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
293
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Arthur Garson, Jr., MD, MPH, is Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Virginia and previously was dean of the University's School of Medicine. He is a member of the National Academics Institute of Medicine. He has served as president of the American College of Cardiology and was appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson to chair the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He continues to practice medicine, caring for children with heart disease. Carolyn L. Engelhard, MPA, is assistant professor of medical education and a health policy analyst in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In addition, she directs the Master of Science program in clinical research and provides technical and consultative services to state health and Medicaid agencies.

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