Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care Is Better Than Yours

Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care Is Better Than Yours

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by Phillip Longman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0977825302

ISBN-13: 9780977825301

Pub. Date: 01/28/2007

Publisher: PoliPointPress, LLC

The long-maligned Veterans Health Administration has become the highest-quality healthcare provider in the United States. This encouraging change not only has benefited veterans but also provides a blueprint for salvaging America's own deeply troubled healthcare system. "Best Care Anywhere" shows how a government bureaucracy, working with little notice, is setting

Overview

The long-maligned Veterans Health Administration has become the highest-quality healthcare provider in the United States. This encouraging change not only has benefited veterans but also provides a blueprint for salvaging America's own deeply troubled healthcare system. "Best Care Anywhere" shows how a government bureaucracy, working with little notice, is setting the standard for best practices and cost reduction while the private sector is lagging in both areas. Author Phillip Longman challenges conventional wisdom by explaining exactly how market forces work to lower quality and raise prices in the healthcare sector, and how U.S. medical practices have a weak basis in science. The book, expanded from a widely praised article in the "Washington Monthly," mixes hard facts with author Philip Longmans' compelling human story of the loss of his wife to cancer. Part manifesto, part moving memoir, "Best Care Anywhere" offers new hope for addressing a major problem of contemporary society that affects all of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977825301
Publisher:
PoliPointPress, LLC
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
159
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface to the Second Edition....................vii
Introduction....................xvii
ONE Best Care Anywhere....................1
TWO Hitting Bottom....................12
THREE Revenge of the Hard Hats....................22
FOUR VistA in Action....................34
FIVE The Kizer Revolution....................44
SIX Safety First....................58
SEVEN Who Cares about Quality?....................70
EIGHT When Less Is More....................86
NINE Open-Source Medicine....................104
TEN Growing the VA....................118
ELEVEN The Vista Life Network....................131
Epilogue....................147
Acknowledgments....................155
Notes....................157
Index....................171
About the Author....................176

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Best Care Anywhere 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Feldmanarf More than 1 year ago
Easy Read. Very informative look at our care for our Veterans. More people should read and learn about health care for our nation.
OldArmy More than 1 year ago
Excellent book about how the employees of the DVA medical system created a top-of-the-line health care system in spite of the bosses at the top. After employees began developing the system, finally the DVA gets a boss who notices the great trend and supports it. If you think government cannot do anything right, read this book. Informative and still a "feel good" book.