In Excellent Health: Setting the Record Straight on America's Health Care [NOOK Book]

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The real facts on America's health care dilemma

Medical care in the United States has been loudly and repeatedly derided as inferior in comparison to health care systems in much of the developed world and even in some relatively undeveloped nations. In Excellent Health offers an alternative view of the much maligned state of health care in America, challenging the statistics often cited as evidence that medical care in the United States is substandard and poor in value relative ...

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In Excellent Health: Setting the Record Straight on America's Health Care

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Overview

The real facts on America's health care dilemma

Medical care in the United States has been loudly and repeatedly derided as inferior in comparison to health care systems in much of the developed world and even in some relatively undeveloped nations. In Excellent Health offers an alternative view of the much maligned state of health care in America, challenging the statistics often cited as evidence that medical care in the United States is substandard and poor in value relative to that of other countries. Rather than relying on purely subjective judgments about equity and fairness, the book provides extensive, detailed evidence with which to answer the paramount question when considering quality of health care: "Where would you rather be when you are sick?"

Drawing from research in scientific and medical journals, the author defends both the quality of and access to medical care in the United States compared to numerous countries with nationalized systems often held up as models for health system reforms. He then suggests a logical and complete reform plan designed to maintain choice and access to excellence and facilitate competition. His proposal offers a series of key improvements in the three critical areas of the health care puzzle—tax structure, private insurance markets, and government health insurance programs—that will reduce health costs and maintain essential support for America's most vulnerable citizens, seniors and low-income families, without jeopardizing the exceptional health care quality and access in the United States.

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Atlas (radiology, Stanford Sch. of Medicine; senior fellow, Hoover Inst., Stanford Univ.; Reforming America's Health Care System: The Flawed Vision of ObamaCare) begins with a lengthy critique of the frequently cited World Health Organization's 2000 World Health Report, which ranked the United States shockingly low among international health-care systems. Although Atlas admits that U.S. health care faces serious challenges (including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress in 2010), he asserts that we have made remarkable advances in the past 60 years, we lead the world in "developing the most important innovations that change the face of medical care," and our health care is "excellent, and, in many instances, the best in the world." He argues for substantive tax reforms, an overhaul of private insurance, and the "minimization of the role of government as direct insurer" as essential. VERDICT In this presidential election year, Atlas's book covers an especially timely topic, treated here with many charts, graphs, and footnotes. His arguments, sure to be controversial, are worthy of being heard and discussed.—Marcia Welsh, Dartmouth Coll. Lib., Hanover, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817914462
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Series: Hoover Institution Press Publication
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 359
  • Sales rank: 899,028
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Scott W. Atlas, MD, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology at the Stanford University Medical Center, and senior fellow by courtesy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Author's Note xvii

Foreword John Raisian xix

Preface xxi

1 The WHO Ranking of Health Systems Redux: A Critical Appraisal 1

2 The Limited Value of Life Expectancy Comparisons in Ranking Health Systems 19

3 Infant Mortality as an Indicator of Health and Health Care 47

4 Measuring Medical Care Quality in the United States 97

5 Evaluating Access to America's Medical Care 159

6 Specialists and Medical Innovation: The Best of the Best 211

7 Maintaining Excellence While Reducing Costs: An American Solution 233

Notes 293

About the Author 337

About the Hoover Institution's Working Group on Health Care Policy 339

Index 341

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