Shock Therapy for the American Health Care System: Why Comprehensive Reform Is Needed

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From a veteran physician comes this remarkably clear-eyed look at what's wrong with how we adminster and pay for health care and what can be done to fix it.

In Shock Therapy for the American Health Care System: Why Comprehensive Reform Is Needed, Dr. Robert Levine offers an easily understandable diagnosis of the problems plaguing our current health care infrastructure, with discussions that include the roles of various stakeholders—insurance companies, "big pharma," hospitals, health care providers, and patients. He also dispels a number of myths designed to make voters leery of any reform efforts. Levine's comprehensive plan addresses everything from bloated bureaucracies to unnecessary procedures to the handling of negligence and malpractice lawsuits/claims. Throughout, Levine backs his proposals with facts and comparisons to systems in various countries, and concludes that even now, with disaster looming, the ultimate goal of providing health insurance for every American is achievable and affordable.

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"A veteran physician offers an insider's perspective on problems in the present system for administering and paying for health care. His program of reform is more far-reaching than anything currently being proposed, and, he maintains, would provide universal coverage at no additional cost. Writing in accessible language for general readers, Levine, former chief of neurology at Norwalk Hospital and retired professor of medicine at Yale University, dispels common myths about health

care reform, and reveals the roles of the various stakeholders in our current health care infrastructure: insurance companies, big pharma, hospitals, the medical device industry, health care providers, and patients. He identifies areas in the current system where huge savings could be realized, and backs up his proposals with facts and comparisons

to systems in other countries. Tables and graphs provide summaries of data."


SciTech Book News

". . .[Levin's] cogent analysis, rooted in historical, medical, systemic, and political realities, places it above other books in the genre. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."



"Robert Levine's book is a timely addition to the ongoing debate, and, even though not everyone will agree with his proposed fix, he systematically covers the issues at hand and offers possible solutions. . . . Although the book is not a fast read—each chapter is dense with thought-provoking facts and well-articulated ideas—I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the issues that plague the U.S. health care system."


Journal of the American Medical Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313380686
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/31/2009
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2009

    The solution our healthcare system needs

    As the debate surrounding healthcare reform rages on, Dr. Robert Levine accurately pinpoints the cure for effective and comprehensive change. His is the only solution that would successfully create a system that would address the many issues that have plagued this debate for years. This is a must read for anyone involved in healthcare, the politicians who have consistently stumbled to create and implement solutions, and for the citizens of this country who have a vested interest in their well being.

    Press Fitzpatrick, President & Owner
    Fitzpatrick Associates Executive Search LLC

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  • Posted September 19, 2009


    I have found Dr. Levine's book very helpful as I work to understand the complexities of health care and the importance of reforming our health-care system. In light of his detailed and clearly-organized analysis, his proposals are persuasive. I recommend this very readable book to any citizen who is concerned about this most pressing issue.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

    Shock Therapy for the American Health Care System is a MUST read.

    Dr. Levine's book is outstanding and needs to be widely read, as it clarifies issues of health care reform that the public does not understand.

    This book more clearly outlined these issues than any voice I have heard to date. I think all legislators and the public need to read it. I am concerned that if the legislators proceed with public policy without understanding all the facts, we will be saddled with health care reform which will not work and is doomed to fail.

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