Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care

Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care

by David Gratzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594031533

ISBN-13: 9781594031533

Pub. Date: 10/25/2006

Publisher: Encounter Books

We are surrounded by medical miracles: polio has been eradicated; childhood leukemia is now treatable; death by cardiovascular disease has declined by two-thirds in the last fifty years. Yet while American medicine has never been better, angst over American health care has never been greater.

In this path-breaking book, Dr. David Gratzer goes to the heart of the

Overview

We are surrounded by medical miracles: polio has been eradicated; childhood leukemia is now treatable; death by cardiovascular disease has declined by two-thirds in the last fifty years. Yet while American medicine has never been better, angst over American health care has never been greater.

In this path-breaking book, Dr. David Gratzer goes to the heart of the problem, showing that the crisis in American health care stems largely from its addiction to outmoded and discredited economic ideas. His argument is bold and provocative, rejecting the conventional wisdom that socialized health care is compassionate and that top-down government agencies like the FDA save lives. Instead, he prescribes a strong dose of capitalism.

The Cure presents an overview of American health care, from economics and politics to medical science. An award-winning author and essayist, Dr. Gratzer is a master storyteller who spices his book with interviews and anecdotes, some from his extensive clinical experience. He details the cardiac woes of Robert E. Lee and Dick Cheney, describes a chat over coffee with Canada's foremost private medical entrepreneur, and explains the evolution of his own thinking, from advocating HillaryCare as a medical student to promoting individual choice and competition today.

Dr. Gratzer makes a compelling case that it's possible to reduce health expenses, insure millions more, and improve quality of care without growing government or raising taxes.

About the Author:
David Gratzer, a physician, is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594031533
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
10/25/2006
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Milton Friedman     xi
Preface to the Paperback Edition     xv
Introduction     1
Dick Cheney's Heart     11
Two Days That Changed Health Care     25
Nixon's Revenge     45
The Third Way     59
Insuring America     81
Mills' Revenge: Medicaid     101
Mills' Revenge II: Medicare     121
Our Drug Problem     141
The Hip That Changed History     161
The Three Keys     183
Acknowledgments     199
Notes     201
Index     223

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