Flatlined: Resuscitating American Medicine

Flatlined: Resuscitating American Medicine

by Guy Clifton
     
 

In Flatlined, Guy L. Clifton examines the causes and consequences of the breakdown of American health care, the plight of millions of uninsured families, and the vicious cycle of high prices and low-quality treatment. Filled with first-hand accounts, the book shows how the fee-for-service method of paying doctors and hospitals, and the lack of standards of medical

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In Flatlined, Guy L. Clifton examines the causes and consequences of the breakdown of American health care, the plight of millions of uninsured families, and the vicious cycle of high prices and low-quality treatment. Filled with first-hand accounts, the book shows how the fee-for-service method of paying doctors and hospitals, and the lack of standards of medical practice result in enough medical waste to cover the uninsured seven times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813544281
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
12/02/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
650,154
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1 Not business as usual 3

2 Unreliable emergency services 10

3 An eroding infrastructure 16

4 Fifteen years lost 25

5 Handed health care's leftovers 35

6 Where we are headed 49

7 30 percent waste - or 50? 57

8 Poor-quality primary care 67

9 Dangerous hospitals 77

10 Violation of dignity : the end of life 94

11 Unnecessary surgery 103

12 Perverse payment incentives 120

13 Three pathways to hospital profitability 139

14 Pharmaceuticals : remarkable innovation, shameless puffery 157

15 Private health insurance : no added value 170

16 Three options for covering the uninsured 179

17 No coverage expansion without cost control 201

18 A workable plan for reform 212

19 Establishing standards 224

20 Prioritizing primary care 232

21 Reducing spending on hospitals and specialists 243

22 Positioning of an American medical quality system 261

Notes 275

Index 313

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