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Did you ever notice that you always seem to come last in our health care system, with its mega-billion-dollar insurance providers, and multi-layered government bureaucracy? Well, You're not alone-policy markers and citizens groups are constantly criticizing the state of American health care, and the statistics often confirm their suspicions. the good news is things are about to change, and this book will show you how to put yourself first in the health care system and ensure that you and your family know how to access the best care possible.

With Skin in the Game, authors John Hammergren- Chairman and CEO of McKesson Corporation, America's oldest and largest health care in America; an explanation of how we arrived at our current crisis; and a preview of the revolutionary leap in care that's coming as high-tech productivity and quality transform health care in America.

In the not too distant future, you will have ready access to information about doctors, hospitals, and treatment centers so you can make fact-based choices about where and when to seek care. All of your medical records will be digitized, available to you and your doctor anywhere, anytime. Test results will be instantaneous and performed in a doctor's office, which may be located in a mall or at your local pharmacy.

Page by page, skin in the game explains all of this and more, helping you:

  • Understand today's "big picture" health care issues in a historical context
  • Recognize how a streamlined health care system will free your doctor to provide the personalized care you desire and your doctor prefers
  • Gain new insights into the process of health care delivery and the innovations that will change the way you receive care and manage your health
  • Obtain practical advice about how you can get around today's health care roadblocks and locate the best doctors with the best practice techniques and best treatment results
  • And much more

A must-read for anyone who cars about the future of our health care system, Skin in the game offers information and answers that even industry insiders will find revealing. And it might just save your life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470262788
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     v
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: A Thousand Miles of Health Care and the Last Two Feet     1
Unmanaged Care     7
From Tree Bark and Roots to Bar Codes and Robots     23
Why We Go to the Hospital Today and Why We Will Go There Less Often in the Future     47
The Doctor Will See You Now     83
Accounting for Care     113
How Technology Is Putting the Patient at the Center of Care     143
The Blueprint for Change     161
Resources, Web Sites, Tips, and Guidelines for Educating Yourself     187
Notes     209
References     211
Index     217
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    Not worth your time

    To quote Hammergren in his scorecard in the 'blueprint for change' I rate this book an F-. He keeps equating health care with commercialized industries such as the airlines. How absurd. What we need to do is take the commercialization out of healthcare.

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