Solving America's Health-Care Crisis: Understanding the Greatest Threat to Your Family's Economic Security

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An authoritative and accessible primer on America's complicated health-care issues—including the full text of the Clinton Task Force Report on Health Care Reform.
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Overview

An authoritative and accessible primer on America's complicated health-care issues—including the full text of the Clinton Task Force Report on Health Care Reform.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812922790
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/19/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 365

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Signs of Distress
The Spreading Insecurity 3
How Business Suffers 12
Medicare Madness 21
Inner-City Meltdown 26
The Crisis of Chronic Care 33
The Insurance Nightmare
A Question of Fairness 43
Divide and Profit 47
Punishing the Sick 53
The Betrayal 58
Industry Turmoil 63
Roots of Inflation
The Technological Imperative 69
Turf Wars 77
A Captive Market 82
An Epidemic of Fraud 90
An Industry Under Siege 101
The Bursting Dam 107
Ethics and Economics
The Hardest Choice 115
The Search for Miracles 122
Hope Against Hope 132
Doctors Say Yes, Insurers Say No 138
A Disputed Frontier 145
"Dr. Deal" 153
How Others Do It
Canada: Care and Compromise 165
Japan: Cradle to Grave, No Frills 175
Germany: Curbing Costs With Pressure 182
States and Cities Experiment
Hawaii: It Can Be Done 191
Oregon: Social Triage 197
New York: Managed Care and the Poor 201
Rochester: An American Success Story 206
Coping With Change
Struggling With Limits 215
Insurers Versus Therapists 221
Second-Guessing the Doctors 227
Neither Respect nor Satisfaction 234
The Ethos of Conservative Care 239
The Search for Family Doctors 245
Lessons From a Corporate Giant 252
Wrestling Costs to the Mat 257
The Politics of Reform
American-Style Answer? 265
The Restive Left Flank 273
The Potent Pleas of Small Business 278
The Dangers of Declaring War on Doctors 282
When Cuts Start to Hurt 288
But Will the Patient Agree? 294
The Clinton Proposals
The President's Prescription 301
Streetwise Politics 315
Consumer Concerns 320
The Wary State Partners 325
Reshaping the Medical Business 330
Shifting the Corporate Burdens 335
How Much Is Enough? 343
Clinton's Gamble 349
Index 353
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