Solving the American Health Care Crisis: Simply Common Sense

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iUniverse Inc., 2009 - Political Science - 252 pages
Surprisingly, America ranks 54 worldwide in access to health care. Solving the American Health Care Crisis lays open the issues, challenges Americans to think for themselves, and reveals how learning from other countries can help to create, truly, the best health care system in the world. In the span of his career as an international businessman and entrepreneur, Umang Malhotra has voyaged through nearly eighty countries and he shares his vast knowledge of health care in other nations. In a commonsense book aimed at the public and policymakers alike, he provides a fresh, unbiased view of the flaws inherent in the American health care system while examining how other affluent nations manage to provide quality universal health care coverage for half the cost per person. After the death of his best friend, who did not have American health insurance when he fell ill while visiting the United States, Malhotra wondered why the richest country in the world treats health care as a privilege, rather than as a basic right, unlike other industrialized nations. He reveals how other countries approach health care while examining the critical economic, social, and political issues that America must resolve, in the belief that we can only make progress when the average person understands, fully, the real issues behind the crisis. The book presents compelling solutions for an affordable, high quality, and accessible, universal system while answering key questions and asking some very pointed ones in return. The reader is left well armed to think the issue through.
 

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Malhotra leads readers on a journey through the dramatic pitfalls of the American health-care system, posing solutions-both his and others'-along the way. Malhotra (Individual, Society, and the World ... Read full review

Contents

Different Approaches to Health Care Reform
159
Senator McCains Health System Reform
160
Critical comments on the ShultzShoven and McCain Reform Proposals
163
Massachusetts Health Care Reform Plan
164
Key questions about the Massachusetts Plan and its deficiencies
165
Californias universal health care bill SB 840
167
Critical comments on Californias universal health care bill
170
The SchwarzeneggerNuñez Plan for California
171

India
58
Japan
63
Norway
70
Spain
77
Sweden
81
Conclusions about the health care systems in the countries considered
87
The American Health Care System
88
Other statistics
89
A little history
92
Medicare Medicaid the VHA and SCHIP
94
Doctors hospitals and clinics
106
Faithbased and private institutions
107
Problems and Issues Related to the American Health Care System
108
The effect of rising health care costs
112
Bureaucracy and paperwork
116
Fragmentation and eligibility inefficiencies in entitlement programs
119
Fraud and abuse in entitlement programs
122
Prescription drugs PART D for seniors and the disabled
124
Advertising and drug companies
129
Lobbyists and their influence on officials and legislators
136
Health insurance industry and insurance policies
139
Bankruptcies
143
Doctors lawyers and malpractice lawsuits
144
Other problems issues and mistakes made in the delivery of health care
148
The role and use of information technology
150
Myths and misconceptions
151
The cost of competition
156
Flaws in the SchwarzeneggerNuñez Health Care Plan
173
Critical comments about Daschles health care proposals
176
Senator Clintons Universal Health Care Choices plan
177
Senator Barack Obamas plan
180
Some discussion on and solutions for the Clinton and Obama plans
183
Closing comments on the health care plans discussed above
185
Cost Effective Solutions to the American Health Care System
188
Prevention and regular physical examination reduce the cost of health care especially for people over forty years of age
193
OECD guidelines for action
197
Evolving concepts of universal health care in the United States
200
Additional recommendations
203
Role of information technology IT and outsourcing
204
Medical tourism can assist in cost cutting
206
Biotech in emerging countries can help to cut costs
215
Alternative Medicine
216
Issues necessary to cut the cost of health care and make it efficient
217
Politicians and lobbyists
218
Cost of prescription drugs and their hyped advertisement
219
Cost of malpractice lawsuits and insurance
221
Conclusions
223
Some questions to ask in the search for a solution
224
Action needed
225
The task ahead
226
Closing comment
227
Epilogue
231
Reference Notes
237
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About the author (2009)

Umang Malhotra earned degrees from London University and his PhD from the Royal Institute for Technology in Stockholm. He later studied Economics, traveled nearly eighty countries as an international businessman, and authored Individual, Society, and the World. He is currently the CEO of Artistic Goods LLC in San Diego, California.

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