The Citizen Patient: Reforming Health Care for the Sake of the Patient, Not the System

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Conflicts of interest, misrepresentation of clinical trials, hospital price fixing, and massive expenditures for procedures of dubious efficacy—these and other critical flaws leave little doubt that the current U.S. health-care system is in need of an overhaul. In this essential guide, preeminent physician Nortin Hadler urges American health-care consumers to take time to understand the existing system and to visualize what the outcome of successful reform might look like. Central to this vision is a shared ...

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Overview

Conflicts of interest, misrepresentation of clinical trials, hospital price fixing, and massive expenditures for procedures of dubious efficacy—these and other critical flaws leave little doubt that the current U.S. health-care system is in need of an overhaul. In this essential guide, preeminent physician Nortin Hadler urges American health-care consumers to take time to understand the existing system and to visualize what the outcome of successful reform might look like. Central to this vision is a shared understanding of the primacy of the relationship between doctor and patient. Hadler shows us that a new approach is necessary if we hope to improve the health of the populace. Rational health care, he argues, is far less expensive than the irrationality of the status quo.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book takes the reader inside the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries, across borders, and, finally, where the healing actually takes place: inside the doctor's office."—Carolina Alumni Review

"Dr. Hadler's knowledge of conflicts endemic in U.S. health care is unparalleled. . . . A home run when. . . . [Hadler's] examples are so clear and his integrity impeccable such that even his critics have to admire his pluck."—New York Journal of Books

"This well-written, timely book will interest health sciences students, health care practitioners and policy makers, and laypersons. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers."—Choice

"This is a fascinating and timely look at American health care and the healthcare business in the United States."—Nursing Standard

"An eye-opener for those not privy to what goes on inside the once-hallowed halls of hospitals and health-care systems. It's also chock-full of information for citizens who
want to take charge of their health for their own sake. Hadler's suggestions aren't radical; rather, they're rational: evidence-based medicine, stringent medical device licensing guidelines, and restoration of the physician-client partnership, among others."—ForeWord Reviews

"Hadler offers a thoroughly researched argument that the American health-care system is largely profit driven and entails costs unmatched by those of other industrialized nations. . . . Hadler also offers attainable solutions."—Library Journal

From The Critics
"A tour de force. Compelling and extremely well-informed. Hadler offers important new insights."—Mark Hall, Wake Forest University
From The Critics
"Hadler offers a thoroughly researched argument that the American health-care system is largely profit driven and entails costs unmatched by those of other industrialized nations. . . . Hadler also offers attainable solutions."
-Library Journal

"A tour de force. Compelling and extremely well-informed. Hadler offers important new insights."—Mark Hall, Wake Forest University

Library Journal
In this work, Hadler (medicine, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Stabbed in the Back) offers a thoroughly researched argument that the American health-care system is largely profit driven and entails costs unmatched by those of other industrialized nations. The author uses his analytical skills and experience in the medical profession to reveal how stakeholders rely on consumer fear and gullibility to ensure steady profits from possibly unnecessary, even detrimental, products and procedures. Hadler also offers attainable solutions. Members of the general public who demand transparent medical information and responsible medical spending should be encouraged by what they find in this account. VERDICT Containing copious scientific analysis and cross references, this book will appeal to detail-oriented consumer health advocates and political advisers. Shannon Brownlee speaks to a broader audience in Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer.—Chad Clark, Lamar State Coll. Lib., Port Arthur, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469607047
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 640,298
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., M.A.C.P., M.A.C.R., F.A.C.O.E.M., is professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals. His most recent book is Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society.

Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., M.A.C.P., M.A.C.R., F.A.C.O.E.M., is professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals. His most recent book is Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society.

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