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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
Foreword Milton Friedman Friedman, Milton
Preface to the Paperback Edition
1 Dick Cheney's Heart 11
2 Two Days That Changed Health Care 25
3 Nixon's Revenge 45
4 The Third Way 59
5 Insuring America 81
6 Mills' Revenge: Medicaid 101
7 Mills' Revenge II: Medicare 121
8 Our Drug Problem 141
9 The Hip That Changed History 161
10 The Three Keys 183