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Are you tired of hearing that the American health care 'system' is broken? Well, it is. You can't understand your bill—or pay it; you wait an hour before seeing the doctor for ten minutes; and that was your child who was just laid off, and whose family has no health insurance. Health Care Half-Truths shows the ways in which American health care is tarnished and ways in which it shines, explaining that if we are going to make our health care system work for us we must begin with a common set of information. Unfortunately, our current information comes from sound bites that on their surface seem perfectly reasonable, but on closer examination are wrong. Health Care Half-Truths untangles the misinformation, misperceptions, and confusion that have confounded the American public and our elected officials. Dr. Arthur Garson identifies twenty myths about the U.S. health care system and uses his extensive knowledge and keen insights to blow them apart.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 I. Our Country and the World Chapter 3 1. American Medical Care Is Second-Rate Compared to Other Countries Chapter 4 2. American Health Care Is the Most Expensive in the World Part 5 II. Cost: The Expensive Care Myths Chapter 6 3. America Wastes One-Half of its Medical Care Dollars Chapter 7 4. Most Medical Care Dollars Are Spent in the Last Six Months of Life Chapter 8 5. Better Quality Saves Money Chapter 9 6. Preventive Care Saves Money Chapter 10 7. America Will Not Ration Health Care Part 11 III. Quality: The Good Care Myths Chapter 12 8. Science Drives Most Medical Decisions Chapter 13 9. High Quality Care Cannot Be Defined Chapter 14 10. Consumers Can Make the Best Decisions about Their Medical Care Chapter 15 11. Fewer Doctors Will Be Needed As Medicine Changes Chapter 16 12. The Current Malpractice System Helps Patients Chapter 17 13. Managing Care Is Evil Part 18 IV. Coverage: The Insurance, Underinsurance, and Uninsurance Myths Chapter 19 14. In America, There Is a "Safety Net" of Government Programs Providing Health Care for the Poor Chapter 20 15. People Who Work Can Afford Health Insurance Chapter 21 16. Provision of Health Insurance for Employees Has Always Been the Employer's Responsibility, and Will Continue That Way Chapter 22 17. The Uninsured Get the Care They Need in Emergency Rooms Chapter 23 18. No Additional Funding Is Needed to Cover the Uninsured; the Money is Available in the System Part 24 V. The Future Chapter 25 19. All Other Countries Provide Health Care Coverage for Everyone; We Should Be No Different Chapter 26 20. Major Change in the American Health Care System is Impossible
Posted October 14, 2010
If you're a Democrat, you might wonder if the author is a Republican. If you're a Republican, you might think the author is a Democrat. Authors Tim Garson and Carolyn Engelhard present the myths about health care and proceed to knock them down one by one. Think health care reform will save money? Guess again! Think the uninsured really get free health care at hospitals? Don't bet your life on it! Dr. Tim Garson is provost at the University of Virginia, and the former dean of the UVA Medical School. Professor Engelhard teaches at the UVA School of Law and School of Medicine. Think these two know what they're talking about? You're right!
The book format is easy to read. Short chapters with all the references in the last half of the book, although I found the references themselves worth reviewing.